Mishandling of Surgical Instruments
Allowing a surgeon to perform surgery requires a great deal of trust. A patient expects that the medical team will exercise caution, diligence, and focus when handling their care. While most surgeries run smoothly, breakdowns in communication and unprofessional behavior do occur. Unprofessionalism can result in surgical errors that cause patients tremendous distress. One such surgical error includes the misuse of surgical instruments.
Types of Surgical Instrument Mishandling
While rare, the mishandling of surgical instruments does occur and can cause tragedies and unnecessary suffering for the patient. Some forms of surgical instrument mishandling include:
- Improper storage of instruments
- Careless transportation of instruments
- Improper sterilization of instruments
- Using the wrong instrument
- Leaving an instrument in the body
- Using an instrument for an unintended purpose
- Use of damaged or malfunctioning instruments
- Improper or inadequate training
All of these mistakes are preventable. While performing an activity as serious as surgery, acting recklessly and risking a patient’s life is unacceptable.
Contact a Surgical Instrument Mishandling Attorney in San Antonio
If a medical professional has put your life at risk by mishandling a surgical instrument, you should seek the support of an experienced attorney. The Chris Mayo Law Firm is prepared to fight on your behalf and hold the negligent surgeon or hospital responsible for their reckless behavior. You may be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering and the costs associated with recovery. To speak with a member of our legal team, call our San Antonio office at (210) 999-9999.