The idea of undergoing surgery fills many people with apprehension. When stories of surgery gone wrong are often circulated, it is not surprising that patients often wonder if they will be the victims of such an event. Unfortunately, the possibility for such an outcome does exist, but New Jersey residents could also take steps in hopes of protecting themselves.
First of all, the information patients provide and obtain can play a significant part in ensuring that the proper procedures are carried out. Therefore, individuals may want to provide all details regarding their health concerns as well as any treatment or procedures they may have already undergone to address the issue. Additionally, parties will likely want to ask any and all questions they may have about a procedure, medication, options and risks.
Furthermore, patients may want to even go so far as to highlight the site of surgery. Because instances of wrong-site surgery or wrong-patient surgery do occur, this step may help prevent such a major mistake. If making a physical indicator of the surgery site before the procedure is not possible, a patient may at least want to remind the doctor of where the procedure should occur.
Of course, even if patients do take steps in hopes of protecting themselves from surgery gone wrong, medical mistakes can still occur. If New Jersey residents have been the victims of such errors, they may wonder how to properly address the situation. In many cases, taking legal action in the form of medical malpractice lawsuits may be warranted, and discussing this option with legal professionals may be prudent.
Source: Fox News, "Protecting yourself from surgical mistakes", Dr. Manny Alvarez, June 28, 2017