Since every surgery has an inherent risk of infection, doctors, nurses, and other medical professions need to take precautionary steps to observe and immediately treat any evidence of infection. When a doctor fails to monitor or follow up on a patient post-surgery, and an infection develops, he or she may be liable for any harm caused by the condition.
Common postoperative infections include:
- Bloodstream infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Respiratory infections
- Surgical site infections
- Staphylococcus infections
- Viral infections
- Necrotizing fasciitis
- Post-op bleeding
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In order to prove medical malpractice as a result of surgical infection, you must prove two things: that there were negligence or a breach of duty on the part of the doctor, hospital, or health care provider and that act of negligence or breach of duty was the direct or proximate cause of the infection. A doctor can be considered negligent if they acted in a manner that no qualified or skilled doctor would normally act. A hospital can be considered negligent if they didn’t uphold standards for cleanliness and sterile operating room conditions.
The following are the common causes of postoperative infections:
- Unsterilized surgical instruments
- Unsterile conditions in the operating room
- Unclean bandages
- Leaving a foreign object inside of the patient
- Failure to diagnose or treat infection immediately
- Wong medications prescribed after surgery
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