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Human errors a major factor in surgical mistakes

If you have ever had or might ever need to have an operation, it is important that you feel confident in the ability of your surgeon and the other surgical staff. Many people in New Jersey and around the nation are in this situation every single day. In most cases, the confidence people put in their medical professionals may be warranted. However, there are times when that confidence is broken due to an unnecessary medical error.

Becker's Hospital Review published a summary of some research that reviewed the factors involved in a set of adverse events associated with surgical procedures. The results were recently published in JAMA Open Network. Out of more than 5,300 surgeries included in the study, adverse events resulted in 188. Of those, human mistakes were found to be factors in 106. That means that more than half of the serious complications or even patient deaths were due to errors by doctors or other members of the surgical teams.

Different types of errors occurred and the study revealed that cognitive bias and a lack of paying close attention were two of the most prevalent factors in the human mistakes. It is being suggested that training of staff focus on these areas to improve patient safety.

If you would like to learn more about the signs you need to be aware of that a medical error may have occurred and how you might get help, please feel free to visit the surgical errors and compensation page of our New Jersey medical malpractice website.

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