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Scheduled for surgery? Read this first

There are many skilled and diligent surgeons in Kentucky. When you suffer from a health condition that necessitates surgery, it can be a bit distressing to have to entrust your well-being to a surgeon and other medical team members. Your goal, of course, is to treat whatever adverse condition you have and to ultimately achieve a full recovery.  

The problem is that surgeons and medical staff members are human beings who are capable of committing errors. Beyond that, they are also capable of direct negligence, which, in a surgical setting, can have disastrous, if not fatal results. Before you undergo an operation, you'll want to learn as much about surgical errors as possible and know where to seek support if a problem arises

Never events 

You have the right to reasonably expect that your medical team will carry out its duties according to the highest level of accepted safety standards. The following tells about never events; something you'll want to be aware of as you head into surgery:

  • A never event is a familiar term within the medical industry.
  • It refers to safety incidents that are highly preventable due to available equipment and accepted standard procedures.
  • If medical professionals fail to implement such measures and severe harm or death occurs to a patient, it is known as a never event because it never should have happened.  

Most common never events 

As you prepare for surgery, you have probably had several discussions with your medical team, so that you fully understand the inherent risks that are present in your particular situation and make informed decisions regarding your health care. The following list includes non-inherent risk injuries that often occur when a surgeon, nurse or other medical professional is negligent:  

  • "Retained foreign objects" refers to surgical sponges or other medical instruments left inside the bodies of patients during surgery. If you continue to have pain or discomfort long after the typical time period following surgery, it definitely warrants further examination. 
  • Anesthetists and anesthesiologists often make mistakes when administering anesthesia to surgical patients. 
  • Common surgical errors that are entirely preventable also include wrong-patient, wrong-site and wrong-procedure surgeries.  

Do you know that current data shows that approximately 40 surgical errors occur throughout the nation every week involving wrong-patient, wrong-site and wrong-procedure incidents? How horrific for a patient to undergo anesthesia, thinking he or she is having surgery on a left knee, only to awaken to find that the surgeon operated on the right knee instead! 

Be proactive and seek support 

You may be able to avert a medical injury if you ask a lot of questions and stay closely observant to the actions of your surgeon, nurses and other medical team members. That said, it is not your responsibility to oversee the behavior of your medical team. If medical negligence causes you injury, you deserve to be compensated for the damages you have suffered. 

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