Mistakes made by surgeons in operating rooms cost patients their lives

Mistakes made by medical professionals during surgery can result in severe complications for their patients that sometimes cost them their lives.

When patients in Texas go in for an operation, they put their full trust in the surgeons, doctors and nurses attending to them. However, medical professionals often make preventable errors that result in unacceptable complications for their patients.

For example, according to The Boston Globe, a woman passed away after undergoing a routine operation to relieve some of the symptoms she was experiencing in her back after an injury. During the operation, the surgeon operating on the woman requested a certain type of dye to trace the location of some tubing he had threaded down the woman's back. However, the pharmacy did not have the dye the surgeon asked for and provided a different type.

Denying fault

Even though the label on the dye stated that it should never be injected into the spine, the surgeon used it anyway. Due to this mistake, the woman died the day after her operation.

After the conclusion of the operation, the neurosurgeon who performed the surgery admitted to the woman's two sons that he had given their mother the wrong dye during the operation. However, several months after the operation, family members of the woman received letters in the mail from the hospital's malpractice insurer stating that the medical professionals involved in the woman's surgery were not at fault for what occurred. As a result, the woman's two sons filed a lawsuit against the hospital and several nurses, pharmacists and surgeons.

Examples of surgical errors

This is just one example of a "never event." According to WebMD, these events are types of surgical errors that should never happen, even though they occur thousands of times each year. Other examples of preventable mistakes that occur during surgery include the following:

  • The operation is performed on the wrong part of the body or the wrong type of operation is done on a patient
  • A retractor, sponge, towel or another piece of surgical equipment is left inside of the patient's body after the operation is over
  • A patient develops an infection after a medical professional uses unsanitary surgical tools
  • An incision is made that is too long, too deep or at the wrong location on the patient's body
  • The operation takes too long and the patient remains under anesthetic or in a precarious condition for an extended period of time

When any type of surgical error is made, patients may suffer from short-term or permanent disabilities that render them unable to live a normal life, if they survive. If you received negligent care from a medical professional, consult with an attorney in your area who can ensure your rights to proper compensation are protected.

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