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Types of surgical errors

Have you been told by a physician in Pennsylvania that you will need to undergo surgery? If so, it is important for you to learn as much as you can about your procedure. This includes any pre-operative and post-operative actions you should take as well as the anticipated outcome and recovery process steps. In addition, you and your loved ones should become educated about potential problems as errors can and do happen in operating rooms.

As explained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, surgical errors can generally be classified into three categories. One category includes mistakes related to actual procedures in which the wrong surgery is performed. A second type of surgical error known to happen involves the wrong patient being operated on. The third type of mistake involves the correct patient and even the correct procedure but the wrong part of the body. An example of tihs would be if a woman is supposed to have her right ovary removed but instead a surgeon removes her left ovary.

All three of these forms of surgical errors are referred to as never events because they are considered so egregious that they literally should not be allowed to ever happen. Adherance to safety procedures and attention to detail are essential to prevent these things.

If you would like to learn more about the types of events or situations that may be involved in a medical malpractice claim, please feel free to visit the physician or surgeon error page of our Pennsylvania personal injury website.

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