Did you know that regardless of the level of experience – it’s estimated that surgeons make an average of twenty errors per surgery?
Luckily not all surgical errors cause injuries or result in malpractice claims. In fact, fewer than four percent of all surgical errors lead to claims of malpractice.
Well, there is a Canadian company that hopes its invention significantly reduces the number of such mistakes. It’s called the “surgical tracking box” and will be able to track and record every action taken by a surgeon in the operating room.
What are the benefits of the “tracking box”?
It’s hoped that such a device will be able to monitor all patient related activities in the operating room – alerting physicians to mistakes that can be corrected immediately before they lead to serious complications.
Will it work – and will the medical community go along with the idea?
There are some who say no – believing many surgeons will resist monitoring. Some medical experts believe it may even cause more mistakes because surgeons will be made nervous by the scrutiny.
If you or a loved one are planning a surgery – consider asking these important questions:
- Is the surgery necessary and how long will the positive effects last?
- What are the risks associated with this surgery?
- Are there alternative therapies worth considering before surgery?
- What is your experience performing this surgery? Do you do a lot of them?
- Where will the surgery be performed and what is that hospital’s safety record?
- What type of anesthesia will be administered?
- What can I expect in recovery?
And always seek a second opinion whenever possible.
If you or a loved one is ever the victim of a surgical error, a defective drug, the improper prescription of a drug therapy, over-exposure to medical radiation, a hospital acquired infection, a fall while in the hospital, a preventable blood clot, or a misdiagnosis, call a qualified Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer. A knowledgeable malpractice attorney can help to ensure that your rights are protected.
RisCassi & Davis has handled hundreds of defective drug and medical malpractice cases over our nearly 60 years serving the people of Connecticut.
What’s more, our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers have received local and national recognition for our handling of these cases.
We have a great team of legal experts dedicated to medical malpractice in Connecticut. Please contact us if we can help you. The consultation is free and there is no obligation of any kind. And – there is no fee or other costs unless we are successful on your behalf.