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Serious surgical mistakes often caused by poor communication

A recent study has found that despite the unprecedented scientific and technological advances that have occurred in medicine in recent decades, serious mistakes during surgery still occasionally happen in Pennsylvania hospitals. These serious errors during surgery are often easily preventable and can involve surgeons performing an operation on the wrong person, operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving a foreign object inside a patient's body.

According to the data from the study, surgeons operate on the wrong area of the body or on the wrong patient in approximately 1 out of every 100,000 surgeries. However, the data shows that instances where surgeons forget something inside a person's body were relatively more common, occurring in roughly 1 out of every 10,000 operations.

While the frequency of these surgical mishaps is quite rare overall, they have the potential to produce very serious health consequences for the patient forced to endure them. According to the authors of the study, a significant number of these surgical mistakes are the result of insufficient or inaccurate communication among hospital staff, particularly in cases where an operation is not performed in the correct spot.

Furthermore, due to both the lack of adequate data regarding these kinds of surgical errors and a reliable way of accurately tracking when they occur, experts have been unable to outline a definitive strategy for preventing them. The authors of the study also stated more information is needed on cases in which a potential surgical error was identified and avoided before it occurred.

Individuals who have suffered health complications from surgical errors that were caused by medical malpractice or hospital negligence may choose to have an attorney examine the details of their case. In certain situations, an attorney might be able to obtain financial compensation for losses or injuries caused by surgical mistakes.

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