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Reasons medical products may be left in a patient after surgery

Posted on May 2, 2015 10:17 am under Medical Malpractice

Items such as stapler components, towels, and other small goods like sponges, are among the items too often left behind by surgeons in patients. Although many factors may contribute towards the risk of leaving behind medical items inside a patient’s body, medical negligence is still the ultimate explanation of these dangerous errors that happen in operating rooms across the U.S.

Here are the possible root causes of unintended retention of medical items:

  • There is a problem of hierarchy among the surgical group
  • Lack of operating room policies and procedures, or failure to comply with the existing policies
  • Staff is too intimidated to take precautionary measures against unintended retention or communicate relevant patient information
  • Miscommunication between surgeons and physician
  • Lack of training

Failure to address these key issues is a great threat to the lives of those entering the operating room. To learn more about filing a medical malpractice claim in Appleton, consult with a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.