Preventable Surgical Errors

Before, during, and after an operation, physicians and medical staff have established protocols they must follow to prevent serious injuries and surgical mistakes. However, these protocols are not always followed, leaving patients with injuries that should have been prevented. An error can be made by a surgeon, nurse, radiologist, or anesthesiologist who deviates from these professional standards or is negligent when performing a procedure.

Examples of surgical errors include:

Surgical tool errors: If the scalpel accidentally severs or even nicks an important artery or tendon, the result can be significant bleeding that leads to permanent loss of function or even death.

Anesthesia errors: If your anesthesiologist incorrectly administers a general or local anesthetic, this can lead to permanent brain injuries or nerve damage.

Catheter injuries: The improper insertion of a catheter can harm your blood vessels, damage your nerves or introduce air into your bloodstream that can cause serious consequences like a stroke, heart attack or embolism.

Incorrect operations: While these are rare, when a surgeon is careless and operates on the wrong body part, it is tragic. This mistake is often the result of pre-operative negligence by the surgical staff.

   When you are choosing a nursing home for your loved one in the Chicago area, it is important for your their safety and comfort that you take your time. The Federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ranks US nursing homes on a scale of one to five, with five being “much above average” and one being “much below average.” Rankings are based on factors such as reported nursing home abuse and neglect  and are available on the CMS Website

Bearing in mind that 81 Chicago area nursing homes have recently received a score of one and an additional 81 received a score of two (“below average”) visiting this site before your begin visiting nursing homes is a very good idea.

It can be very difficult when a loved one ages to know how best to continue to care for him or her. Many people struggle with the choice of putting a parent or grandparent into a nursing home, fearing that they could become the victim of abuse or neglect. Federal and state laws require that nursing homes maintain the highest practicable mental, physical, and psychosocial well-being for their patients. Unfortunately, such cases do happen, with elderly victims suffering at the hands of their supposed caregivers.

There are four common primary forms of nursing home abuse:

Physical Abuse

  • Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.

  • Physical abuse can range from beating, pushing, shoving to inappropriate distribution of controlled substances and force feeding.

Emotional/ Psychological Abuse

  • Emotional abuse can encompass verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, public embarrassment, and harassment.

  • This type of social abuse can cause the elderly patient to exclude oneself from daily activities, be hesitant to speak up, among other long lasting traumatic effects.