Improper Preoperative Care Causing Surgical Malpractice in Minnesota

Preoperative Care is Essential for a Safe Surgery: Failures in Preoperative Care Could Be Minneapolis Medical Malpractice


A successful surgery begins well-before the patient is wheeled into the operating room.  This is because preoperative care is what helps set up the surgery to ensure that it will go smoothy by handling likely complications ahead of time or completely avoiding them.  Even basic preoperative care of disinfecting the wound site can mean the different between a successful or failed surgery.  Whereas larger omissions, such as improperly obtaining vitals or knowing pro-existing conditions, can be the difference between life and death.  This is when a Minneapolis medical malpractice lawyer is needed to assess your claim.


Why Preoperative Care is So Important in Minnesota Surgical Cases?


Preoperative care is always vital to a surgery.  This is because surgery is a very traumatic event on your body.  Anesthesia is meant to paralyze, numb, and render you unconscious.  Your body will be cut open and instruments will be rifling through your body to perform a procedure to fix an injury, ailment, disease, or other condition that is already plaguing your and stressing your body.  This is a very serious infliction on your body.


This is why preoperative care must be properly performed to ensure that your body is in the best position to handle and quickly recover from this event.  Therefore, preoperative care performs two basic functions:


  1. Preoperative care is used to provide a “scouting report” on your body.  This includes obtaining basic information such as obtaining vitals, identifying preexisting medical conditions, and knowing prior medications is necessary to a successful surgery.  This allows the surgical team to know what issues may arise during the procedure and how to counter them before they happen and before they become an emergency.  This is especially true when the patient is a high risk patient, such as a young child, elderly patient, or injured victim from a traumatic accident like a car accident.
  1. Preoperative care is used to prepare you for surgery.  Some procedures require you to not take any medications prior to the procedure, which must be managed by a healthcare provider.  Other surgeries have a high risk of infection, which require the preoperative team to thoroughly disinfect the area.  In other instances, patients of traumatic accidents like slip and falls, motor vehicle crashes, or construction accidents may have other serious injuries.  The preoperative team will have to stabilize the patient before the surgery occurs to ensure the patient can handle the procedure.


Dangers of Improper Preoperative Care in Minnesota Surgeries


If a healthcare team has provided improper preoperative care, you may be seriously injured or wrongfully killed during your surgery no matter how good your surgical team is.  One of the greatest risks which must be managed during a surgery is infection.  Effective preoperative care will mitigate or even eliminate the risk of infection by properly sterilizing the surgical site and even the tools, equipment, and other instruments to be used during your procedure.


Other preoperative mistakes which could be very dangerous include failing to properly check for medication complications or reactions.  Some patients that take medication for high blood pressure, anxiety, diabetes, and other conditions are at a higher risk.  These medications effect the body in ways that could be predictable in a surgery, but absent this knowledge, could be confused for other conditions.  A common example is a failure to maintain blood pressure during a procedure.  If a patient has normal blood pressure which is controlled by medication, but the surgical team does not know that, during the procedure the patient’s blood pressure may sharply drop (during incision due to blood loss) or raise (once the body recovers but due to the pre-existing high blood pressure) and the surgical team may not know how to quickly and properly treat it.


Preoperative mistakes can also mean the difference between life and death of a seriously injured victim in a traumatic crash.  Preoperative care can even filter out patients that are proper candidates for surgery, or those where surgery should be avoided to not increase the risk of death.  In not stabling a patient before a surgery, a preoperative care team could be the main cause why a patient dies on the operating table.


Preoperative Care Mistakes Could Cost You Your Life!  Call a Minneapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer to Learn More


Failed preoperative care can result in a failed surgery.  It can also result in the loss of a victim’s life.  If this happened to you or a loved one, call our Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer to learn more.  We handle cases throughout the state, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, and many other cities.  Call  (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be and to schedule your free appointment.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.


We also handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  Our Oregon office number is (541) 385-1999.  

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