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Technological problems cause large share of surgical errors

Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 15, 2013 in Medical Malpractice

Most people think of technology as a means to ease many aspects of life. However, a recently published study suggests this idea may not always be true in the operating room. According to the research published in "BMJ Quality & Safety," almost one of every four surgical errors are the result of issues with technology and medical equipment.

Many surgical procedures today rely heavily on medical equipment, so this puts many patients at risk. Interestingly enough, the same study found that performing equipment checks before an operation begins can reduce the risk of medical errors by as much as 50 percent. This may lead many readers in Connecticut to ask: Why aren't these simple precautions being taken in operating rooms?

When performing multiple surgeries every week, doctors may get used to old habits. Even if a doctor has completed the same procedure dozens of times, there is still room for mistakes to be made if he or she isn't cautious enough.

Doctors have an obligation to their patients to ensure that quality care is delivered. When this doctor-patient trust is broken and injuries are sustained, it may be possible to pursue a medical malpractice claim under Connecticut's personal injury laws. Contacting a Waterbury personal injury lawyer may be of benefit to the victim, in this instance.

Of course, advancements in technology can make diagnosis simpler or medical procedures safer for patients. Still, it's important that medical equipment is used and maintained properly. If something goes wrong in the operating room, a person's life may be on the line. The hope is that studies such as this one will cause medical institutions to review internal safety measures and make changes as needed.