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Nurses have an important role in helping surgical patients

Nurses are some of the most underappreciated staff at hospitals and in other care facilities. These individuals do much of the heavy lifting, and they help prepare surgeons for the operating room. Nurses provide a service that is unmatched by others in the field, but that means they have to be held responsible if they make errors.

What are some common surgical errors?

Although most surgeons are extremely careful not to cause injuries to their patients, there are some who make mistakes. To err is human, but it's still the responsibility of those providing care to take as many precautions as possible. In the case that you are injured, that party should be held responsible.

Avoiding surgical errors: What you can do to help

Surgical errors can quickly cause a patient to suffer unnecessary pain and even to have to go through additional surgeries that wouldn't have been necessary. Sometimes, these errors end up leaving a patient with a disability, and other times the wrong body part or organ is operated on, rendering a healthy body part useless or damaging it unnecessarily.

You can get help after you suffer from a surgical error

Avoiding surgical errors is something everyone wants. No medical provider wants to make mistakes that injure a patient. No patient wants to deal with the aftermath of a serious mistake made during surgery. It's a good idea for both people to work together to find a way to avoid surgical errors.

What are some potentially dangerous complications of surgery?

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in America. There are dozens of things that can go wrong. Here are just a few that you should look out for after you go through a surgery. If you're impacted by these events, it's important to speak up and look into your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

You don't have to suffer financially after medical malpractice

A wrong-site surgery can cause a number of health concerns for you. Imagine going into the hospital to have part of your left lung removed. When you wake up, you find out that the surgeon took part of your right lung instead. You'd be upset, and you'd have every right to seek out compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Surgical mistakes are inexcusable

When you have to plan to have surgery, you already know that there are risks involved. No one goes into surgery thinking that it will go exactly as planned, because every person is different and each surgery has its own complications. What you do expect is that your medical team will be able to handle the issues that come up and treat you with the respect you deserve as a patient. Stupid mistakes, like leaving a sponge in your surgical site wound or operating on the wrong side of your body, are inexcusable.

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