Postoperative Care Errors

It takes only a minor error to cause serious damage in a postoperative setting. Some of the results of these errors include:

  • Abdominal catastrophes

  • Ileus, colon and bowel perforations

  • Viral Infections

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Blood clots or pulmonary embolism

  • Superficial thrombophlebitis

  • Blood clots from improperly inserted IV needles

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

  • Sepsis

  • Necrotizing fasciitis

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

  • Post-op internal bleeding

  • Staphylococcus (Staph) infections

  • Bloodstream infections

  • Organ perforation that went unnoticed

  • Tissue necrosis (death)

  • Infections at the site of surgery

  • Respiratory infections like pneumonia

  • Peritonitis

All of these conditions are life-threatening and can cause lasting harm.

When medical professionals fail to perform any of the standard duties because they did not meet the accepted standard of medical care, then they may be held liable for injuries that occur as a result. If a doctor fails to adequately monitor a patient or fails to notice symptoms, the patient may face serious complications.