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Common causes of surgical errors

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Undergoing surgery can be a frightening experience. Every surgery comes with its own risks and complications, but that does not mean that there should be more threats than necessary. Surgical errors are something that doctors can avoid, yet thousands of incidents occur each year. Combatting these errors is essential, and the first step to doing so is recognizing the causes. Here are five common causes of medical malpractice in the form of surgical errors:


It is no secret how hard doctors and other medical professions have been working recently, but that does not mean their work should come at the expense of their patients. When a surgeon is too tired, they may not be able to remember property surgical procedures or be able to perform surgery properly.

Lack of education

Although rare, it is possible for a doctor to make their way into an operating room without the knowledge necessary to properly and safely conduct the surgery. When this happens, any number of mistakes can threaten the patient’s life.


Even the best doctor cannot safely perform surgery under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While some may think that they perform better while on drugs or that alcohol “takes the edge off,” it is unacceptable behavior and clearly malpractice.

Clerical errors

Some occurrences of malpractice can occur before the surgery can even begin. If the staff of a hospital mixes up patients or the notes for surgery, it can result in a patient receiving an operation they do not need, causing an extra threat to their health.

Unsanitary conditions

It is not enough for the surgical team to know how to conduct the surgery safely; they must also be sure they are doing so in sanitary conditions. Unclean surgical equipment, unwashed hands, and other contaminated areas of the surgery can all cause life-threatening infections, which is why it is so important that everything is as clean as possible.

How to hold the hospital accountable

When a medical facility and its staff fail to keep their patients safe during surgery, it can take an experienced medical malpractice attorney to hold them accountable. If you suspect you suffered from this kind of malpractice, contact a lawyer today to see what you can do to seek justice after suffering from any of the causes of a surgical error.