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Avoidable surgical mistakes still occurring

Tragically, completely avoidable mistakes still occur in surgical operations across the U.S. These mistakes can range from minor instances that cause little effect or suffering, to mistakes such as operating on the wrong person, the wrong side of the body, or leaving surgical instruments inside a person's body.

It is estimated that for approximately 1 in 100,000 surgeries a "wrong site" error is made. This means that the wrong part of the body is operated on. Even more surprising is the fact that 1 in 10,000 surgeries result in a piece of surgical equipment being left inside of the patient.

These errors can provide complications, inconvenience, pain, prolonged suffering and loss of wages for the patient involved. The mistakes are also due to human error usually in the form of bad communication between surgeons and nurses. Patients that have been affected by issues such as this are therefore likely to be able to make a claim on the grounds of negligence, and should be able to have damages rewarded for their prolonged suffering and any financial damages caused.

It's difficult to say how events such as these can be prevented. A study conducted by the U.S. Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety showed that the frequency of surgical errors correlated to the type of surgery being done, with some surgeries being far more risky than others.

If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by a surgical error, it is important to know your rights and seek trusted legal advice. You may be able to prevent the suffering of others.

Source: Live Science, "Surgical mistakes still happen," Laura Geggel, accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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