Surgical errors can have significant consequences for both South Carolina patients and the medical professionals who make them. Sleep deprivation, lapses in communication between surgeons and support staff and the complexity of a given procedure may all increase the risk of a mistake occurring.
How sleep deprivation can increase the risk of a surgical error
A lack of sleep can impact a person’s mood, concentration and ability to process information. A surgeon who doesn’t sleep prior to a complicated procedure may lack the patience needed to make a precise cut or perform other delicate maneuvers. Furthermore, the professional may lack the cognitive ability to quickly react to unexpected problems that might arise while working on a patient. Additionally, a person who is tired may be at a greater risk of leaving sponges, towels or other objects inside of a patient.
Why communication errors could harm patients
Surgeons typically rely on a number of people to help guide them through a procedure. For instance, a nurse may be asked to sedate a patient, mark the body part that is to be operated on or take other steps to prepare for an operation. If an error is made during the preparation process, it could cause harm to the patient.
Not all surgeries are routine
In some cases, a surgeon will need to move, remove or otherwise interact with multiple body parts during an operation. During a complex procedure, even a minor error could result in serious injury or death. It’s important to note that you might have grounds to pursue a medical negligence case if there is reason to believe that an error could have been avoided.
If you have been injured as a result of a surgeon’s error, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney may be able to review your case and create a strategy that might result in a favorable settlement or jury award.