In Massachusetts and across the United States, surgeons sometimes perform wrong procedures, operate on wrong body parts or even perform surgeries on the wrong patients. These “wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors” (WSPEs) constitute ample reasons for most individuals to worry about future surgeries. Unfortunately, a surgeon and their assistants do not always take the necessary time to study a patient’s medical history before performing a procedure.
Patients should verify their medical information
Wrong operating procedures may lead to medical malpractice lawsuits. One way patients can protect themselves is to make sure their medical charts contain correct information, especially before undergoing operations. Nonetheless, verifying chart information is not always possible. Some medical personnel may find it offensive if a patient dares to question the information found in their charts. A patient has the right to ask questions and verify information pertaining to their medical condition. In addition, errors may occur during outpatient procedures wherein patients do not stay in a hospital.
Communication between nurses and doctors is important
Communicating incorrect data applies in any situation wherein a patient requires a surgical procedure, whether as an inpatient or an outpatient. Unfortunately, a surgeon does not always have sufficient time to study a patient’s medical chart before operating, which could be medical negligence. Furthermore, many patients do not have any prior medical communication with the operating surgeons.
Try to prevent a mistake
Even though a surgeon may not intentionally commit an act of malpractice, the potential for filing a claim. Although patients may not always have options for preventing wrong procedures from occurring, they can still try to verify the information associated with their hospital stay. Speaking to the surgeon before surgery may ensure that the doctor has correct information regarding the patient’s medical procedure.