Undergoing surgery poses some risk of post-operative complications, but this is why patients are monitored for signs of complications after surgery so that the doctor can identify the cause of the complications and return the patient to surgery if necessary. Indications that the patient is not progressing as expected include elevated heart rate, low blood pressure, little or no urine output, fever, and pain out of proportion.
Common Post-Surgical Errors
Common post-surgery mistakes leading to malpractice claims include: (1) Failure to diagnose and repair a bowel leak in a timely manner after surgery in or near the abdominal cavity; (2) Failure to diagnose and stop persistent and significant blood loss after surgery either through timely medical or surgical intervention;(3) Failure to diagnose and treat sepsis in a timely manner in the post-surgical patient; (4) Failure of nursing staff to notify physician of worsening vital signs, low urine output, fever, and/or pain out of proportion.
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