Surgery Error Resulting in Infection or Sepsis
Finding the answers when a surgeon or hospital causes infection
People go to a hospital and undergo surgery to get well. There are times, however, when surgeons and hospital personnel introduce dangerous infections into patients. The cause is usually a failure to follow procedures designed to prevent infections.
Infections such as sepsis can make patients extremely ill, increase their hospital stays (usually in an ICU — intensive care unit), cause permanent damage, and, in some cases, cause death.
Recommendations that can prevent sepsis and other potentially fatal infections include:
- Patients should be properly prepared for surgery, including minimal hospital stays pre–surgery, identification and treatment of any infections, and thorough cleaning and preparation of the operation site.
- The surgeon and all operating room staff should scrub thoroughly, use sterile towels, wear sterile gown and gloves, and report any infections.
- The operating room should be properly ventilated and filtered, with the doors closed, and with limited personnel entering and leaving.
Infections are a serious, life–threatening concern and should be treated as such throughout the hospital and in the operating room. If you or a loved one has contracted sepsis or another infection in a hospital, ask a medical malpractice attorney to investigate and find out how it happened.
Sepsis is caused by negligence. Talk to a lawyer about justice.
If you suspect an infection was caused by operating room and surgical negligence and you have suffered a serious injury, call 612.587.2925 or send an email. We offer free consultations and you can count on our attorneys for honest answers based on our experience and the experience of medical professionals. Our medical negligence lawyers represent clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.