Equipment Failure During Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors Claims


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Equipment Failures During Surgery

To be true, surgeons and surgical staff go out of their way to make certain that surgery goes well. Their training is often impeccable and they have practised the techniques to be used over and over again. What they can’t control, however, is the smooth rumbling of the technology used along with their personal techniques.

According to research, about fifteen errors occur during any given operation and a fourth of them are related to equipment failure. This is important for operating room technicians who are responsible for the maintenance and execution of surgical technology. These are the people who set up emergency rooms and see to it that the right amounts of materials are sterilized for the procedure.

Everything from the machines that do the breathing for the patient to the endoscopy equipment must be in working order or a surgery might be aborted. But who is responsible for making sure the equipment remains functioning throughout the surgery? In part, it is the manufacturer. The manufacturer must make a quality product that breaks down as little as possible. A product with a high failure rate stands a chance of being the focus of litigation if the rate is unacceptably high and patients are injured when they fail.

The hospital must make sure they keep up with manufacturer recommended upkeep of products used in the operating room. There is often only one or two of a specific piece of machinery so they must be maintained properly. A repair can not only be costly but it can mean lost time in the operating room and lost revenue. Patients can be stuck in the middle of an operation, having to resort to an alternate piece of equipment or an alternate technique.

In the same study, 37 percent of failures of equipment during an operation resulted from a lack of availability of needed equipment. Problems with the settings on the equipment or their configuration happened 44 percent of the time, leading to the potential for trauma to the patient. A third of the time, it was the manufacturer causing device malfunctioning and operation errors.

The researchers also discovered that there are several important steps that can be taken by staff to reduce the frequency of operating room errors by machine malfunctions. All machinery should undergo system checks by staff to make sure they are functioning at the beginning of the operation. The researchers state that presurgical equipment checks should be mandatory on all critical equipment as part of routine practice.

Technology is being used by different specialities so that presurgical checks are going to be more complex. Staff needs to be trained on more and more different pieces of equipment and the sheer complexity of the equipment can lead to equipment failure in the operating room.

The various surgical technologists need to do their part in reducing the numbers of errors that happen in the operating room. They need to double check each piece of equipment that is set out at the time of surgery. They also need to remain up to date when it comes to new equipment and common failures in older equipment so they can be prepared to know where the vulnerable parts of the equipment.

Surgical technologists can’t possibly keep up with every piece of equipment and all their possible vulnerabilities. They can, however, know what is likely break down, keep in close contact with manufacturers for information and can keep nursing staff and doctors up to date on the proper way to use equipment so it doesn’t break down from misuse. The idea is to keep equipment running as long and as properly as possible.

Surgery Equipment Failure - Medical Negligence Solicitors

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here