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Even routine cataract surgery can have errors

Cataract surgery is something that many Houston residents will need to undergo. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the United States. It is usually a safe surgery but a new report shows that there are surgical errors occurring that can be prevented.

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error recently released a report detailing serious errors that are being made during cataract surgery. The "never event" errors that are being made include operating on the wrong eye, operating on the wrong patient, implanting the wrong lens, and incorrectly administering anesthesia. The most common error was implanting a lens that was not meant for the patient. All of these errors are preventable and caused patient serious harm. The center included recommendations for how to prevent these errors. They include medical facilities adopting a formal lens management policy and a uniform policy for marking the eye that is getting surgery. They also recommend that a doctor use the least invasive form of anesthesia necessary.

No one ever thinks that when they go in for a routine surgery that they will emerge with a serious injury. But when this happens the patient deserves answers as to what happened. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help a patient get those answers. They can review medical records and consult with medical experts to determine what happened. If negligence is suspected they can hold the medical provider accountable. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

An unexpected surgical error can happen to anyone and lead to unexpected consequences and a life turned upside down. It is important to hold these medical professionals accountable for their mistake so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source: wwlp.com, "Patient safety center report targets cataract surgery 'never events'", Katie Lannan, May 12, 2016

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