Over the past five years, multiple reports have been compiled from surgical data around the country. Our medical malpractice attorneys in Raleigh reviewed the findings:
In almost 1/3 of surgeries, surgical sponge counts are ineffective and they are left behind inside the patient.
Doctors and medical staff are negligent every day--and many cases go unreported, unsolved, or attempt to be covered up. Many times innocent patients suffer unresolvable post-surgical pain or illness and are unaware of the surgical sponges or other tools that were carelessly left inside their bodies and are developing infections. Some patients may experience severe long-term damage, affecting their ability to bear children or care for themselves. In tragic cases, innocent people are unable to survive the damaging effects of a surgical sponge that was left behind.
How can medical professionals prevent infections caused by these errors? Some facilities started post-op X-rays as a "triple-check" step (after multiple sponge and tool counts). If any tools are found, this causes a financial problem: Another surgery to remove the items.
Fortunately, technology has helped solve this recurring issue. Many medical centers have adopted a scanning procedure for their surgical tools and supplies. Every item has a scannable code that staff must scan before and after the items are used in the patient. This tech-savvy tracking tool has had a zero percent loss rate.
Learn about other medical malpractice statistics and one of medical malpractice attorney in Raleigh Brent Adams' cases that involved a patient who received an unnecesary cataract surgery. Also, if you are the victim of malpractice you are entitled to a free copy of Brent Adams' book The Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims.