Incorrect or Negligence in Surgery
Having surgery is often a very frightening and stressful time for patients. Even surgery that is done with the best intentions can sometimes go wrong, occasionaly though, this can be because of the negligence of the treating surgeon or the surgical team. If you have suffered as a result of negligence you may be entitled to make a Medical Negligence Claim.
Wrong Surgery and Wrong Site Surgery
In our opinion the most obvious and disastrous error which can occur is something which the NHS Litigation Service terms, “Wrong Site Surgery.” Basically you go in for surgery on your arm to wake up and fine that your leg has been operated on. This error is termed a “never event,” which means that it is never meant to happen however it does and more often than you would think.
Although procedures have improved, these mistakes still happen and it can be extremely serious and cause the patient mental trauma, physical pain and discomfort.
This sort of clinical/Medical negligence can cause huge amount of physical and mental suffering for the patient. At Treadstone Law we are Medical Negligence Specialists and can help you get the compensation you need to help your recovery and get your life back on track.
Retained Surgical Bodies (RSB)
Retain Surgical Bodies (RSB) is basically where the surgical team, accidentally leave something behind inside you. There are approximately 1500 cases per year of items being left inside patients. The most common operation where this is found to have happen is operations on the abdomen (tummy) some 46%, retro-peritoneum (a cavity around your tummy) and pelvis. The most common things left behind are surgical instruments 43% and surgical sponges 52%. These items can have serious and life threatening consequences for the patient and often results in possible infection and the need for further surgery.
This sort of negligence can cause huge amount of physical and mental suffering for the patient. At Treadstone Law we are Medical Negligence Solicitors and can help you get the compensation you need to aid your recovery and get your life back on track.
Case Study : Wrong Patient, Right Operation.
A young patient, had suffered from Otitis Media with Effusion (ear infection) for three years. After several visits to the ENT consultant, it was decided that the patient should have grommets to drain her ear and improve her hearing. On the afternoon of their operation, eight children were having ENT surgery. The patient was fourth on the list. An hour before the list started, the consultant was called away to deal with an emergency. Rather than cancel his patients, he phoned his senior SPR, and asked her to take over. She was finishing off her outpatients clinic when she took the call. Her clinic was over-running, so she was late arriving on the ENT ward. She quickly saw and consented the eight children. They were all having grommets, a tonsillectomy, an adenoidectomy or a combination of these operations.
In theatre, a senior nurse prepared the instrument trays for each operation and put them in the order of the list as usual. Meanwhile, The SPR scrubbed and prepared for surgery. After the second operation, a ward nurse phoned the theatre to say that the third child on the list had eaten a sweet and was therefore not starved for surgery. The ODA took the call and told the anaesthetist that a patient had been dropped from the list. The patient was next in line and the ward sent her down to theatre instead. She was anaesthetised straight away and transferred to the operating table. The scrub nurse opened the next instrument set and handed it to the SPR – a tonsil gag from the tray. The SPR duly removed the patients tonsils.
The patient was then taken to the recovery room. Here, the recovery nurse checked the patient’s wristband and notes. The nurse realised straight away that SPR had mistakenly removed the patients tonsils instead of inserting grommets. Neither SPR nor the scrub nurse had been informed about the list change.
If something like this has happened to you then contact Treadstone Law and speak directly with Medical Negligence Specialists to see if we can help you
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