New Mexico Medical Malpractice Attorneys Curtis & Lucero

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Eliminating retained surgical sponges with technology

We at the law firm of Curtis & Lucero in New Mexico understand that any type of surgery, however minor or major, generally involves some of the same surgical techniques. For example, controlling bleeding during surgery is important, but you may have given little thought to the methods that your surgeon uses to maintain visibility. In most cases, this is done with surgical sponges. 

Which kinds of wrong-site surgery are most common?

We have examined some of the different kinds of wrong-site surgical errors on this blog, from wrong-patient operations to surgery involving the wrong part of a patient's body. However, you may be wondering how prevalent these errors actually are and which types of surgical errors occur the most frequently. In Albuquerque and cities all over the state of New Mexico, all types of surgical errors are extremely serious. Victims of these mistakes deserve a voice and if you have suffered because of a medical professional's carelessness, do not waste any time in working to have them held responsible.

What is wrong-patient surgery?

We have provided information related to various types of surgical errors on this blog, such as wrong-site surgery. Sadly, in Albuquerque, and other cities in New Mexico, patients may also suffer as a result of other types of surgical errors, such as wrong-patient surgery. If you or a member of your family have had life thrown upside down due to a surgical mistake, it is pivotal to stand your ground and know your legal rights.

Deaths may be due to faulty device or surgical error

Sometimes, a medical device appears to hold particular promise for people in New Mexico with certain health conditions. There are many factors that may affect safety, though. Not only is there a potential for adverse reactions or complications, the procedures for putting the device in place may create a risk.

The harmful effects of forgotten surgical tools

When facing an upcoming surgery, the primary concern of many patients is their health, treatment and recovery. However, what many New Mexico residents might not realize is the dangers of surgical errors that could result in debilitating consequences. Costly mistakes like wrong-site surgery, carelessness, misdiagnosis and even forgetting surgical tools inside of a patient’s body are all real possibilities.

Avoid surgical error with proper patient education

There is little else as unsettling as going in for surgery and knowing that your health and well-being is in the hands of someone else. Surgical errors are more common than many people realize and can result in serious bodily injury or even death. For New Mexico residents like yourself, you can proactively take matters into your own hands by receiving proper patient education. At Curtis & Lucero Attorneys, we understand the complications of cases dealing with surgical errors.

What is wrong-site surgery?

You go to a New Mexico hospital for surgery, and the surgeon does the wrong procedure on you. This is not supposed to happen and falls under the definition of a wrong-site surgery, according to Hospitals for the Pursuit of Excellence. This type of error not only involves surgeons performing the wrong surgery but also when surgery is done on the wrong body part or wrong side of the body and surgeries performed on the wrong patient. 

“Never mistakes” during surgery

Human error is a natural part of any medical care in New Mexico. Not all errors can be avoided, but even within the medical community, there are mistakes that are not tolerated. These “never mistakes” are things that should never happen. Pacific Standard notes that “never mistakes” are rare, but that every year around 5,000 people end up having an object left inside their bodies during surgery, and when it comes to operating on the wrong body part, about 500 people experience that each year. None of these things should ever happen, and prevention can help to stop them.

Accidental side effects of surgeries

After you have gone through surgery in New Mexico, you usually expect to be back on your feet in no time. Surgery can sometimes have unintended side effects, however, and one of these is retained surgical items. At Curtis and Lucero, we understand that dealing with the ramifications of an RSI is not part of your recuperation plan.

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