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Communication errors a significant contributor to surgical errors

| Aug 5, 2018 | Surgical Errors

Surgical errors can be one of the most damaging medical mistakes. People who suffer from the negligence of their surgeon may not only be left with an unsolved medical issue, but the painful recovery and emotional trauma of having suffered a surgery that was completely unnecessary and preventable. When people in New York coordinate their surgery with their medical team, it is critical that they advocate their wellbeing and take precautions to prevent surgical errors from becoming their demise. 

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, detailed analyses that were completed in an effort to discover root causes of common surgical errors, revealed an overarching problem: miscommunication. Health care facilities that do not prioritize communication protocols are even more at risk of performing a surgery that was not agreed upon with their patients. It is suggested that medical teams implement methods for measuring the effectiveness of their communication tactics to reduce the risk of injuring their patients. 

Likewise, patients who advocate their health and are involved in the process of coordinating their surgical procedure, are much less likely to be the victim of an error. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests that people do their due diligence when searching for a hospital or surgeon to perform their surgery. They should seek a medical team that is experienced in performing the type of surgical procedure they need done. They should also communicate regularly with their surgical team to agree upon what will happen during their procedure. They should understand how to prepare for surgery, how to verify that the surgery will be performed on the right body part and what needs to be done to facilitate a full recovery.  

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