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Surgical Errors

Philadelphia, PA personal injury lawyer Eric H. Weitz talks about how the rush to turnover patients in hospital leads to unnecessary errors, specifically infections.

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Statistically, surgical errors occur 3 to 5 percent in general across all surgeries. Certain surgeries have higher error rates, others have lower. But when you think about it that’s 3 to 5 out of 100 people. If you consider how many people have operations every year, it’s a fairly common occurrence.

And hospital acquired infections is one of the most prominent problems in surgeries. There are many strategies and methods to reduce surgical infections, but what we find is because of the rush and the hurry and the demands, the financial demands being placed on surgeons, and outpatient surgery centers, and hospitals, there tends to be a rush. And when people rush bad things happen.

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