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4 ways to prevent surgical mistakes

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2017 | Surgical Errors |

Each year, countless New Yorkers rely on their doctors and nurses for surgery to improve their health. Many of them do not expect to become surgical mistake victims. The risk of mistakes being made during surgery is low, but more cases are being reported. According to CBSNews.com, each year, medical mistakes cause 250,000 deaths. The number of patients who live and suffer from their doctors’ mistakes is much higher. 

Often, when people seek out medical care for convenience, they can pick and choose which health care professionals they see. Individuals who need surgery out of necessity may not have the flexibility to choose doctors they prefer for their treatments. However, people can lessen their chances of becoming surgical mistake and malpractice victims by taking considering the following suggestions. 

Participate in their care 

Patients should not rely on the strength of their doctors’ credentials alone. They should become more involved so there are fewer issues in the delivery of medical care treatments and services. 

Question everything 

Individuals should stop expecting their doctors to break things down for them. They should ask their doctors about their procedures, treatment recommendations and test results, states HealthAfter50.com. Many patients are often scared to question their doctors. They put all their trust and faith in them, not remembering that in order for their doctors to perform their jobs correctly, they need to understand every single aspect of their care. Many medical professionals are so busy, tired and overworked that they may forget to explain everything if they are not reminded. 

Choose specialists instead of general surgeons 

They should have their surgeries performed by specialists instead of general surgeons. General surgeons are not as experienced in performing specific procedures every day and are more likely to make mistakes. Specialists perform the same operations every day and know how to avoid surgical mistakes. 

Get additional opinions 

Many health conditions and symptoms mimic other health problems. People should get second and third opinions of their primary doctors’ recommendations so they can make the right decisions about surgery. 

Many patients expect perfection from their surgeons and forget that they are human and mistakes can happen. When doctors make preventable errors, such as leaving things behind in surgical sites and operating on the wrong areas and individuals, they damage their credibility, patient confidence and the lives of their patients and families.