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Surgical site infections due to doctor negligence

Today, advanced surgical technologies allow doctors and surgeons in Cranston to perform interventions that were once believed to have  been impossible. When prepping for surgical procedures, many patients may take the view that their upcoming procedures are routine and without risks. However, it should be remembered that even though today’s surgeries are typically performed by skilled professionals in sterile environments using state-of-the-art equipment, the threat of surgical complications still remains. One such threat is the risk of acquiring a surgical site infection.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, SSIs occur in about 1 to 3 percent of all surgical cases. They can range from simple inflammation around a surgical incision to infections in the muscle, fascia, and even the underlying vital organs. These types of medical events should be taken very seriously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that roughly 75 percent of deaths associated with SSIs are related to the infections themselves as opposed to secondary complications.

The risk of one acquiring an SSI will often depend upon the type procedure that he or she is undergoing. Less invasive procedures that do not involve surgical treatment to organs tend to have a lower occurrence of infection. However, procedures lasting more than two hours increase the risks of microorganisms coming in contact with the surgical site.

While not all SSIs can be directly attributed to negligent doctors, there are certain cases where poor preparation or carelessness by a physician can be viewed as having contributed to the likelihood of an infection developing. These include scenarios where the doctor fails to provide a sterile environment for a procedure to take place. Failure to treat infections present at the time of surgery (aka, “Dirty wounds”) are another example of where doctor negligence may be cited.   

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