Surigcal Puncture and Laceration Malpractice: Chicago, Illinois
The nature of every operative procedure involves cutting into the inside of a patient’s body in order to repair damaged tissue or organs, and surgeons occasionally make cuts in the wrong place.
This can result in serious injury or even patient death. The surgeon may cut more than they needed to in order to perform the procedure. When this happens, it is deficient medical care and can be considered a surgical error.
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Surgeons Should Document all Accidental Lacerations and Punctures
Lacerations and puncture wounds are common during surgical procedures and the patient is normally unaffected by an accidental incision or puncture when the surgeon notices the error and corrects it in a prompt manner.
Even when these issues are corrected during the procedure, the doctor should file a report following the procedure detailing at what point during the procedure the error was made and where it occurred.
This information can be used to determine how similar incidents can be prevented in the future and will help with postoperative care by letting nursing staff know that the patient may be at an elevated risk of complications such as internal bleeding or infections.
Medical Complications Associated With Surgical Error in Cook County, IL
- The need for the patient to return to surgery so that the surgeon can repair the damage. In some instances, the patient is brought back right away, but there are times when the patient does not show symptoms of an issue until later.
- The need for increased observation and nursing care. When patients are at an elevated risk of suffering from internal bleeding or developing an infection, nursing staff must pay close attention to their progress so that any issues can be detected and treated promptly. If internal bleeding or the spread of infection goes undetected, it can result in life-threatening complications.
- The need for a blood transfusion due to blood loss. If internal bleeding results in the loss of massive amounts of blood, a transfusion may be required to save the patient’s life.
- Sudden loss of consciousness or death. Prolonged bleeding can send the patient into a coma or result in his or her wrongful death.
Examples of Surgical Errors in Medical Malpractice CasesHere are some examples of accidental cuts that could be considered medical malpractice.
- The patient has a colonoscopy or other surgery in their abdomen area and ends up with bowel perforation.
- The surgeon cuts a longer incision into the chest than necessary during heart surgery.
- An inadvertent cut during heart surgery can result in heart perforation
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