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Surgeon’s ‘Time Out’ Intended to Prevent Medical Mistakes in Missouri

Posted by Alvin Wolff | Jun 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you've ever had any kind of surgery, you may have noticed that everyone who walks in the room seems to be asking you the same questions. Don't these doctors and nurses ever talk to each other?

While it may appear to be a bad sign of a lack of communication, the truth is that each of these conversations is intentional, a simple confirmation of what the staff already knows. These conversations ensure that any mistakes made along the way can be caught as quickly as possible.

As if that's not enough, surgeons take a “time out” just moments before the surgery begins to confirm one last time that they have the right patient for the right surgery at the right place. The entire surgical staff is in on this last conversation, again decreasing the chances that so many people could have the wrong information.

With all these precautions in place confirming the correct process at numerous steps along the way, it's almost possible to make a mistake—almost. Unfortunately, mistakes still do happen. When they do, you have every right to suspect Missouri medical malpractice.

Such a mistake recently made the news, when a neurosurgeon performed surgery on the wrong side of a woman's brain, leaving her worse off than before the operation. This is not a simple “understandable” mistake. It is a sign of gross negligence that should be righted.

If you or a family member has been the victim of a wrong site or wrong surgery, it's quite possible that someone neglected to follow the confirmation process.

If you believe you have a case for a medical malpractice lawsuit in Missouri, call experienced Missouri malpractice attorney Alvin Wolff at 314-241-2500 for a free consultation or your copy of our book, The Guide on How to Pick a Lawyer.

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Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...


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