Undergoing surgery is a traumatic experience for all. No matter the type of surgery or how minor the surgery might be, patients often feel some trepidation before being wheeled into the operating room. Everyone enters an operating room expecting that they will be healthier when they leave. That isn’t necessarily how it turns out, however. In too many instances, patients suffer injuries as a result of serious surgical errors that are made in the operating room.
It may seem surreal that errors should occur in an operating room, where there are fairly large numbers of staff members, all working together in seemingly perfect coordination. After all, a surgical room is one location where protocols and procedures should be followed strictly with each and every procedure. Unfortunately, that is always not the case. Miscommunication between staff members, failure to adhere to protocols and checklists, failure to follow basic medical guidelines, and other failures place patients at risk of injuries due to surgical errors.
Surgical errors can occur due to a number of causes. Lack of adequate planning for the surgery is just one of the causes of medical errors. In addition, there are basic simple steps that should be followed with each surgical procedure. As one example, surgical staff must mark the part of the body to operate on before the surgery. When these steps are not taken, there is an increased risk to patient safety.