Many Floridians have to undergo surgery at one point or another to have a medical condition treated or remedied. Few, if any, are comfortable with the idea of being cut open and having individuals handle fragile parts of their bodies, but the extensive education and training of medical professionals may help alleviate their fears. Unfortunately, despite their qualifications, doctors and nurses can still make mistakes that can lead to serious injuries.

Surgical errors can take many forms. Wrong site operations are a real problem, but so, too are infections. Though some estimates say only one to three percent of surgical patients suffer from an infection, that number is still too high.

Surgical site infections can take three forms: superficial incisional infection, deep incisional infection or organ or space infection. Superficial infections typically affect the skin, whereas deep infections affect the muscle and surrounding tissues. Organ and space infections affect the areas under the skin and muscles.

Though some infections may occur under normal and safe conditions, they are sometimes caused by medical professional error. Improperly sanitized surgical tools, for example, may be contaminated, thus causing infection in the patient. Retained surgical instruments can also lead to infection.

The effects of infection can be quite serious, too, causing the need for additional medical treatment. Sometimes, it may even lead to amputation or death.

Therefore, those who have suffered a surgical site infection should try to get to the bottom of the infection’s cause. If it is suspected that negligence caused the infection, and the infection caused damages, such as pain and suffering, medical expenses or lost wages, then a medical malpractice lawsuit may be warranted. Those who wish to learn more may want to speak with an attorney of their choosing.

Source: HopkinsMedicine.org, “Surgical Site Infections,” accessed on April 15, 2016