Medical Malpractice – Surgical Error

Apr 15, 2014 by

To some owners of medical facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, commitment in the provision of quality patient care means continuous technological development that will lead to service upgrade, keeping a roster of good doctors, specialist and highly-qualified nurses, and making sure that patients are diagnosed correctly and given timely treatment.

This is not the case in many other medical facilities, however; some have even been identified either as having bad doctors or being bad hospitals because of the frequency of medical mistakes and malpractice committed in them. As a result of the lack of authentic concern to patients and the errors made in patient care, many hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals, have been the addressees of many legal claims for damages.

Medical malpractice, which refers to injuries committed against patients, is a frightening reality in the United States. Its effects include life-threatening conditions, prolonged illness or even death. But equally frightening as the effects is the fact that these mistakes are results of negligence or carelessness of medical experts – a grave failure to provide the quality care that they promised to give and which patients rightly deserve. In 2010 alone, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services made a report regarding the death of about 180,000 Medicare patients; this is a small figure, though, according to a study that the Journal of Patient Safety printed, wherein figures ranged between 210,000 and 440,000.

One example of medical malpractice that continues to cause great harm to patients is surgical error. Errors committed in the surgical room vary; it includes surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, surgery on the wrong site, incorrect dosage of anesthesia, improper suturing and so many others.

No patient should ever pay for mistakes that result from a doctor or other medical professional’s mistakes. According to the website of the Jeff Sampson law Firm, this is why there are medical malpractice laws – to uphold the rights of patients and to hold doctors responsible for whatever harm they cause. This makes them accountable for their mistakes and actions, meaning they cannot exploit the sick for profit.

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