Distracted Surgeons Lead To Mistakes


Distractions at work can be detrimental in any job.  However, when young surgeons are distracted, it can seriously harm the health of their patients.  When noises, questions and other disruptions occur in the operating room, there is the potential that inexperienced surgeons may make a very serious mistake.

During surgery a cell phone might ring, trays might fall, or the surgeon may be asked about the problem developing with another patient during critical moments of surgery, which tends to be the most common cause of mistakes during a surgery.  Another common cause of mistakes are conversations about other topics such as politics.  Any such distraction can potentially lead to serious and maybe even fatal mistakes.

Older surgeons with more experience are not necessarily immune from being distracted.  Anyone can make mistakes while distracted, especially if they are overworked or tired.  However, younger surgeons still tend to be more susceptible to distractions.

Given that younger surgeons are more likely to be distracted, they are also more likely to have medical malpractice lawsuits.  The knowledge that they can be distracted and that such distractions could cause serious injuries can be used to make surgeons more aware that distractions do occur and that they should be prepared for them.  Hospitals, surgeons, and staff can also make efforts to prevent distractions in the operating room.  This will help to decrease the likelihood that mistakes will occur.  If there are fewer mistakes then there is a decreased chance that a medical malpractice lawsuit will be brought against a young surgeon.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice resulting from a distracted young surgeon, contact an experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case.  You may be entitled to damages for your injuries.

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