Patients who are undergoing surgery usually understand that there are risks that come with the procedure. These are detailed in the informed consent process, which enables patients to make decisions on their medical care by weighing the benefits and risks of procedures. One of the risks that are present in surgeries is a surgical site infection.
While many hospitals have a protocol in place to prevent these infections, some medical team members might be too lax in following them. There’s also a chance that something slipped through the protocols and a patient suffers from harm.
Some of the protocols that should be established include basic sanitization procedures like using clean and sanitized instruments, washing hands before working with the patient, using electric clippers instead of razors to shave the patient and close monitoring of the patient during and after the procedure. Using proper personal protective equipment is also necessary.
Surgical site infections are usually treated with antibiotics, but some patients will need surgical intervention. Any patient who notices that the site of the surgery is bright red, swollen, extremely painful, oozing pus, or very tender should have it evaluated for infection. Prompt treatment enhances the likelihood of treatment success.
A patient who suffers a surgical site infection due to the negligence of the medical staff might opt to pursue a claim for compensation. This can cover the cost of medical care, lost wages and similar financial damages. The time to file this type of claim is limited, so taking action swiftly after the issue is imperative. You don’t have any recourse if time runs out.