Assessing a patient’s overall health and wellness prior to surgery is vital to a successful outcome. Pre-admission testing is the term used for a series of diagnostic tests performed on a patient before their scheduled procedure. Blood tests, urinalysis, EKGs, X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, and echocardiograms can provide important information about a patient’s health and help the surgical team prepare to avoid surgical errors. Failure to perform the necessary pre-operative testing can lead to serious injury or death to the patient, and a possible medical malpractice claim.
In addition to the physical pre-surgical testing, the surgical team must also consider several factors before clearing a patient for surgery. Doctors need to review the patient’s prior surgery records and determine whether or not there were complications associated with anesthesia or allergic reactions to materials or medications used during the procedure. Alcohol use, smoking, or recreational drug use are important factors to consider as well. The use of these substances can significantly affect how well a patient will tolerate the trauma to the body that surgery causes, and whether they will be able to heal properly after the procedure. Pre-existing conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and compromised liver or lungs can also have a negative impact on the success of an operation.
Failing to provide a thorough assessment of a patient’s overall health prior to surgery can result in complications, such as stroke, infection, blood clots, organ failure, and in some cases, even death. A competent and experienced New Jersey surgical lawyer can help patients determine whether or not their surgical injury or death was the result of medical negligence due to improper pre-surgical testing and screening.
New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP represent Victims of Surgical Injury and Death
A patient assumes a certain amount of risk when deciding to have a medically necessary or elective surgical procedure. Injury and even death can occur during or after an operation, but when that happens as a result of a failure to properly screen a patient before surgery, a hospital malpractice claim may be appropriate. With offices in Toms River, Red Bank, and Edison, New Jersey, our medical malpractice attorneys have been representing victims of medical negligence for over a combined 65 years. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of medical error or neglect, call Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation today with an experienced New Jersey surgical lawyer.