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Surgical Errors and Lack of Postoperative Monitoring on the Medical Floor

All patients must sign consent forms before surgical procedures stating that the patient is aware of the known risks and complications that may result. However, a patient cannot consent to negligence and a physician or nurse should not be allowed to escape responsibility by a form signed by a patient. Surgical errors can potentially result in:

  • Infections
  • Perforations
  • Post-operative complications
  • Significant bleeding
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Paralysis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Additional surgeries
  • Prolonged recovery time
  • Nicking or cutting vital organs
  • Spinal cord surgery
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Death

Our attorneys have handled a wide range of cases, including patients’ conditions worsening and even death after surgery due to post-op complications such as bleeding and pulmonary embolus. These cases often involve a lack of careful monitoring. Surgical errors can be avoided. Medical professionals should consider the following patient care practices to avoid surgical errors and postoperative decline in condition including:

  • Counting surgical instruments and sponges used during operations and avoiding improper placement of foreign objects
  • Completing checklists
  • Closely monitoring vital signs
  • Ensuring qualified personnel are involved in patient care
  • Proper adjustment in anesthesia dosages during surgery
  • Proper monitoring during and after surgery

Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm has decades of experience working on cases involving medical malpractice involving surgical mistakes. Contact the firm if you believe you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury, as a result of a surgical error.