Surgical Errors in Greece and Medical Malpractice

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Α surgical procedure is supposed to make one feel better; the last thing on one's mind was that the surgery was going to leave him/her worse instead of better. Unfortunately, errors during surgery do happen and they can significantly impact one's life as well as the lives of his/her family and loved ones.

Surgical errors should not happen but somehow they still occur. Because there are so many surgery mistakes occurring each year, a Protocol has been developed that requires every surgeon, nurse, nurse anesthetist, surgical technician or anyone else involved in a surgery to confirm the right patient and right surgical procedure, in addition to completing a surgical check-list prior to any surgery.

Some of the more common surgical procedures that lead to complications are:

• Caesarian section (C/S) or a C-section

• Hernia repairs

• Vaginal mesh surgery

• Abdominal surgery

• Spinal surgery

• Heart or cardiothoracic procedures

• Cardiac catheterizations

• Plastic or cosmetic surgery

• Tonsil and adenoid surgery

• Gastroschisis surgery

• Congenital heart defect surgery

• Atrial septal defect (ASD) or ventricular septal defect (VSD) repairs

• Surgery on an infant or child

• Gynecological or GYN surgery

• Laparoscopic procedures

• Arthroscopic procedures

• Orthopedic or broken bone surgery

• Knee, hip or shoulder replacements

• Carpal tunnel repair

• Bowel obstruction repair

• Podiatry or foot surgery

• Neurosurgery

• Eye surgery

All too often, we hear in the news about a patient that underwent a surgical procedure and a sponge, needle, surgical instrument, lap pad, towel or retractor was left inside of them after the surgery. Other times, there was an anesthesia mistake or medication error that caused a devastating injury. All of these incidents are considered surgical errors

Any surgical or anesthesia mistake can lead to:

• Blindness

• Paralysis

• Spinal cord injury

• Quadriplegia

• Brain damage or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)

• Heart damage or myocardial infarction (MI)

• Blood clots or pulmonary emboli (PE)

• Paraplegia

• Wrong body part amputated

• Nerve damage

• Wrong or healthy organ removed

• Organ damage

• Severe burns

• Wrong body part operated on

• Chronic pain

• Internal bleeding or hemorrhage

• Stroke

• Infection or sepsis

• Scarring or disfigurement

• Death
Any mistake in an operating room, post anesthesia care unit (PACU) or recovery room can lead to the need for an additional surgery, on-going pain, suffering and financial difficulties.
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