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How common are surgical mistakes?

Posted on July 10, 2015 4:24 pm under Medical Malpractice

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated that surgical negligence is still a problem in many hospitals, a livescience.com report said on June 11.

According to the study, headed by Susanne Hempel, in every 10,000 surgical procedures, a nurse or doctor leaves a foreign object in the patient’s body. This might be a medical tool or a sponge, for instance. Other mistakes that may be made during surgery include operating in the wrong area, surgical fires, or performing surgery on the wrong person. The study found that these events usually occur as a result of miscommunication among the medical practitioners. Hempel’s team reviewed the patients’ safety data of the U.S. Veterans Affairs National Center. The researchers are suggesting that close monitoring of these events is crucial to reduce their occurrences.

The lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® understand that many Milwaukee patients suffer from serious injuries when their doctor makes mistakes or is negligent during surgical procedures. If you have experienced this, our legal team may help you seek financial compensation from those responsible. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today to begin taking action.