Imagine the panic and infuriation that runs through a patient when she wakes up from surgery and realizes that the surgeon operated on the wrong body part. Patients are harmed every day as a result of surgical mistakes. Johns Hopkins Medicine estimates 20 patients per day are harmed by wrong site surgery across the country.
Wrong Site Surgery Prevention Tips
If you are scheduled for an operation, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim. The following tips are provided by The Joint Commission, the agency that certifies and evaluates the quality of health care organizations in the country.
- #1: Ask questions. Prior to the day of surgery, ask your doctor any and all questions that you may have about your surgery or what you should expect pre- and post-op. The more you know, the more prepared and less anxious you may be.
- #2: Check the forms carefully at the hospital. When you check-in, the staff will give you a consent form and ask questions to verify your identity and your procedure. Read through everything thoroughly to ensure they have your name, your operation, and the body part to be operated on correct.
- #3: Double-check the site markings. Before surgery, the surgeon will mark the surgery site on your body. Check to ensure the correct part is marked, and that there are no other markings on your body. Speak up if something is amiss.
- #4: Ask about the Time Out process. Before surgery, ask your surgeon if she will use what’s called the Time Out process, a pause prior to operation to double-check all the factors to prevent errors.
Are you the victim of medical malpractice?
If your surgeon made a mistake during your operation, you might be able to file a lawsuit for damages. For more information, you can watch malpractice attorney Jason Schultz’s Medical Malpractice video, which explains the types of cases that might be worth pursuing.
For legal counsel in Peachtree City, contact the Law Office of Jason Schultz today for a free consultation: 404-474-0804.