There are inherent risks associated with surgery. However, residents in New Jersey assume that their surgeons will do all that they can to prevent complications. Sadly, a recent study shows that young surgeons may be more likely to make surgical mistakes if they are surrounded by distractions.
A study of 18 surgeons between the ages of 27 and 35 found that minor distractions, such as a cell phone or a tray falling to the floor, can cause them to make mistakes. Side conversations in the operating room and questions about other patients appear to be a common cause of surgical mistakes. Additionally, more mistakes appear to occur in the afternoon than in the morning.
Some of the mistakes that surgeons make are minor. However, some can cause organ damage and damage to arteries or ducts. Patients may be left with debilitating complications.
"This research clearly shows that at least with younger surgeons, distractions in the operating room can hurt you," the study's lead author said.
This kind of information is disturbing. People who are sick rely on their physicians and other medical professionals to help them get well again. Sadly, a surgical mistake could create even further problems.
Negligent medical professionals should be held accountable for their actions. As New Jersey residents know, there are times when a surgeon literally holds a patient's life in their hands. They need to be sure they are working to prevent further injury.
When people are harmed by a negligent medical professional, they have legal options to consider. They may pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. The victim may be awarded compensation. In addition, a successful malpractice claim may signal to others that negligence in the medical field will not be tolerated.