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Preventing Simple Surgical Mistakes That Can Have a Lasting Impact
Date:6/20/2013

Jackson, WY (PRWEB) June 20, 2013

When patients submit to a medical procedure, they’re usually told of the inherent risks so they can make an informed decision about their care. Most patients, though, would be surprised to learn that even routine operations can go awry due to hospitals and doctors making preventable errors.

The Ochs Law Firm has seen the shocking repercussions of so-called “Never Events” that could have been avoided with the creation of and simple adherence to proper procedures and policies. Their Jackson medical malpractice lawyers hope that patients and hospital administrators alike will begin to understand the danger so that they can avoid it in the future.

“Every medical procedure carries certain risks,” explained Jason Edward Ochs, a lawyer who is the managing partner of the Ochs Law Firm. “But those risks should be limited to the nature of the operation and the malady doctors are attempting to correct. It’s unacceptable that a patient’s life would be put in danger by a surgeon who couldn’t bother to wash his or her hands or verify that they’re operating on the right body part.”

These types of situations and more should never happen. Ochs Law has compiled some of the most common and avoidable circumstances that lead to patient injury or death. Below each, you’ll find a description of how to avoid the threat.

•Infection- The chances of infection rise dramatically when a doctor fails to wash his or her hands or sterilize equipment prior to a procedure. A surgical site infection can lead to complications that require subsequent operations and cause lasting medical issues.

How to Avoid: Hospitals must adopt policies that enforce cleanliness. Research has shown that the installation of cameras in areas where doctors wash t
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