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4 Reasons Surgical Errors Occur

Here are some reasons for surgical errors.

There is no room for any errors when it comes to a surgery. Every operation comes with some risk, but when a mistake happens that someone could have prevented, it could count as medical malpractice. Mistakes happen in surgeries, whether or not they were directly the surgeon’s fault. Here are some reasons for surgical errors.

Lack of Skill

Not every doctor has the same skill set to fix any problem that comes up, even during surgery. However, if a doctor knowingly goes into a surgical procedure while lacking the proper skill set, they are likely liable for any errors. For example, the surgeon never performing that particular procedure before can lead to a mistake.

Faulty Preparation

Planning is crucial for a surgery; the doctor must prepare for any possible complications that could happen during operation, even the ones that aren’t likely. Nurses also are responsible for making sure the equipment is working and available for the surgery. Without adequate planning, surgical errors are more likely to occur.


Because doctors work long hours, they can easily become exhausted. Lack of sleep can take a toll on a person’s ability to think clearly. One of the main reasons why doctors make mistakes during surgery is fatigue. 

Poor Communication

Each surgery involves a team of people working for a successful operation. Doctors, nurses, and assistants all need to communicate effectively at all times, or surgical errors can be made. Whether that lack of communication involves the equipment or the proper dose of anesthetic a patient needs, this can lead to serious consequences.

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