Hundreds of medical patients in the United States, many in South Carolina, have had surgical instruments and equipment left inside of them during the surgery. These forgotten items are sewn up to stay inside of the person until they are finally discovered. Leaving surgical equipment inside of a person is a mistake that is all too common and costs patients more than an inconvenience.
Though there are proper protocols in place to help to prevent serious surgical errors such as these, they are often loosely followed, resulting in catastrophic circumstances. Some of the most common tools that are left inside people include needles, sponges, retractors and other small objects that are easily missed and forgotten during the operation. These hidden objects remain unnoticed when the proper procedures are not taken to ensure that they are retrieved. This is a form of medical malpractice.
When an object is left inside of another person, retrieving that object is not as simple as going to fetch it. The body tends to heal itself quickly, which may lead to the tool being covered by new tissue. In addition, the patient is already recovering from another ailment and had put their full faith in the medical community, only to be let down. There is an abundance of stress that comes with having surgery, and this is nearly always a great fear from patients.
This is an incident of medical malpractices that affects the patient on an emotional and professional level. If you or someone that you know has questions or concerns about surgical errors, speaking to an experienced attorney could be beneficial.