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Tips that can help avoid surgical mistakes

If you're going in for surgery and you're worried that the medical team may make a mistake, you should know that there are things you can do to reduce the risk. You're not obligated to do this, and you do deserve a high level of care regardless, but they can still help.

First off, consider looking for a hospital that has done the specific surgery many times in the past. The medical team -- not just the lead surgeon -- will then have a lot of experience. No amount of training or certification can fully substitute for real experience.

Before the procedure is carried out, talk to the doctors, surgeons and medical team members. Compare notes and make sure you all know exactly what has to be done. You may be able to prevent a wrong-site surgery if your doctor mentions having the procedure done on your right side, for instance, and you know it actually needs to be done on the left.

After you all agree and everyone is sure of the specific site, it can help to mark that site. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons actually says that a surgeon should just take a marker and write his or her initials on the specific site. This way, there's no confusion later on. You can also double-check to be sure it's the right spot before you're under the influence of painkillers and other drugs.

Again, however, it's not your obligation to make sure the surgical team doesn't make a mistake. If they do, you must know if you have a right to financial compensation.

Source: Family Doctor, "Medical Errors: Tips to Help Prevent Them," accessed May 10, 2017

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