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Surgical Errors and Their Dangers

Unfortunately, errors are a part of being human. While doctors and other medical professionals are vigorously vetted and trained, they are still human, which means they are capable of making mistakes.

Here are the details of surgical errors and the harm they can cause:

Safety Guidelines May Not Be Where They Should Be

According to a study published in the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, the present-day surgical safety guidelines and checklists are neutral and not especially customized to take patient issues and risk factors into consideration with respect to surgical subspecialties.

In order to address this issue, the study recommends that “different surgical subspecialties should develop a specific curriculum in patient safety addressing training in academic centers and application of these guidelines in all practices.”

Said simply, it’s important that medical professionals establish general guidelines for all surgical procedures, but it’s also important to tailor those guidelines to each individual subspecialty.

In addition, it is recommended that the safety systems are developed with more redundancy in order to reduce mistakes made during surgical procedures.

Most Common Surgical Errors

The following are some of the most common errors made during surgery:

  • Damaging a nerve
  • Dispensing too much or too little medicine
    • I.e. anesthesia error
  • Conducting an incision at the incorrect location
  • Leaving a surgical tool inside the patient’s body
  • Conducting the operation on the wrong body part
  • Conducting the operation on the wrong patient

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