Help Prevent Surgical Errors with These Tips
While patients have no control over what happens to them once they’re unconscious on the operating table, they can take some precautions to reduce the risk of falling victim to a surgical mistake. They include:
- discussing all options with your doctor and surgeon. Make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to your treatment.
- researching your procedure. Learning what should happen before, during, and after your surgery can help you recognize something out of the ordinary.
- following all pre- and post-operative instructions. Doing so will make it less likely that you get blamed for your medical problem.
- telling all nurses and healthcare staff who you are and why you’re having surgery. It may sound repetitive, but telling your name and type of surgery to every staff member you encounter will greatly reduce the chance that you’re mistaken for another person, especially if you have a common name.
- having a spouse, relative, or friend there who will advocate for you. He or she can ask questions or call the nurse if there is a concern.
If you suspect that a surgical error caused your injuries, disability, nerve damage, or disfigurement, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.