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Surgical errors could stem from OR distractions

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Preparing to undergo any type of operation can be an intimidating prospect, and patients may rely on surgical staff members to provide a certain standard of care through every stage of the process. If even one member of this team fails to remain focused on the task at hand, the fallout could place the health of a patient in New York at significant risk. Surgical errors continue to impact the well-being of many individuals and studies indicate that the presence of distractions may only increase the risks of such negligence. 

Even a minor operation may require the full attention of all surgical team members and some examples of distractions that might disrupt one’s focus during an operation could include: 

  • Loud music:  Studies indicate that many surgical teams may choose to play music during an operation and loud music could disrupt one’s attention and increase the risks of errors. 
  • Cellphones:  Cellphones can also prove disruptive in nature and those who step aside to take a phone call or watch videos during a procedure may disturb the focus of those attending to the patient. 
  • Multitasking:  Staff members who attempt to multitask during an operation may also be at greater risk of making mistakes, as their attention may continue to bounce back and forth between each task. 

Surgeons may also use an operation to instruct medical studies and interns and sometimes the process of teaching could also lead to a divide of attention. 

Anything that disrupts the attention of surgical team members could increase the risks of surgical errors. Similar types of negligence could pose a substantial threat to the health of a patient, as the fallout of an error could lead to long-term or permanent harm. Individuals in New York who suffer serious injuries under similar scenarios and wish to exercise their rights to seek accountability through the civil justice system might find it helpful to retain the services of an attorney for guidance through every step of the process.