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Medical Malpractice: Retained Surgical Objects

A common case of medical malpractice is when doctors leave behind surgical objects such as sponges, needles, towels, scissors and gauze in the patient’s body. These objects are known as retained foreign objects and cause unnecessary harm to the patient, who will then have to undergo further surgery to remove the objects forgotten inside him/her. In more severe cases, these “ left behind objects” can lead to infections, organ perforations, intense pain and eventual death that could’ve been otherwise avoided.

To avoid such errors from taking place, nurses and doctors are in charge of meticulously keeping count of all the surgical objects that will be introduced into the patient’s body during the surgery, prior and subsequent to the procedure being done. Nurses are usually the ones in charge of documenting the instruments that are inside and outside before the doctors conclude the surgery and close any incisions made.

Retained surgical objects cases are serious because it causes extra physical, psychological and financial trouble to the patients. Shockingly, these errors take place quite often. According to Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers, it is estimated that a surgeon in the US leaves a surgical object inside the patient after the surgery 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure in the patient 20 times a week and operates the wrong part of the body 20 times a week. If a patient has suffered such type of negligence, they can file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover any damages that a physician or a nurse may have caused.

Victims of New York medical malpractice are strongly advised to seek legal assistance from a New York medical malpractice law firm. In case a patient feels that they’ve been misdiagnosed, or that a doctor failed to correctly provide his or her services, please feel free to call Gordon Price Diefenbach, an attorney in Manhattan who has been handling these kinds of cases for nearly 30 years for a free assessment. The 24-Hour Hotline is (917) 734-7111. He will either speak with you the moment you call, or will return your call within a matter of hours.

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