Does Your New York Surgeon Need a Time Out?


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9/25/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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Time outs aren't only for toddlers and sports teams anymore. Now, time outs are widely used in the operating room before a patient is put under anesthesia.

The purpose of the surgical time out is to make sure that an important medical error is not made that could cause a patient significant pain and suffering, or even death. Specifically, doctors, nurses, the patient, and anyone else in the operating room are supposed to use the time out to confirm:
  • The identity of the patient.
  • The surgery that is to be performed.
  • The location of the surgery that is to be performed.
  • Any other pertinent information such as drug allergies or other medical needs.

Yet, despite the relative ease and low cost of surgical time outs, they are still not universal in New York and New Jersey operating rooms. Many operating room teams do not conduct the necessary time out for various reasons, such as the hurried nature of most hospital settings, confidence in the procedure that is about to be done, or pressure to get in and out of the operating room as quickly as possible.

If you have been hurt in a New York wrong site surgery, then you may be entitled to damages. It is important to contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights. For a free consultation about your case and possible recovery, please call a New York medical malpractice lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911.

Read more about wrong site surgeries in New York in our FREE library article: Joint Commission Issues New Information on Wrong Site Surgeries 

Category: Surgical Mistakes


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