Potential medical risks accompany all forms of surgery. Whether an individual is undergoing lifesaving heart surgery, a preventive surgical procedure like a breast mastectomy or an elective cosmetic surgery, complications may arise. All medical providers have the duty to determine if patients are suitable candidates for any proposed surgical procedures and to identify whether any special precautions need to be taken before, during or after surgery.
Proper preoperative and preadmission testing and clearance can significantly reduce surgical risks. Inadequate preoperative screening and preadmission testing can be medical malpractice that may result in serious bodily injuries including cardiac arrest, severe allergic reactions, shock, unnecessary bleeding and even death. To avoid an undue risk of harm to individuals preparing for surgery, medical providers must confirm the overall health of a patient to issue a medical clearance.
In determining whether surgery is the best course of action for a patient, medical providers should examine such factors as prior surgical history; current liver, lung and heart function; tobacco, drug and alcohol use by the patient; reactions to anesthesia or medication and prior history of infection. The failure of medical providers to perform these necessary tests often results in medical malpractice claims when patients are improperly cleared for dangerous surgery.
Our Lawyers Assist Individuals Injured by Improper or Inadequate Preoperative or Preadmission Testing
- Blood testing
- Lung capacity testing
- Electrocardiograms (EKGs) and Echocardiograms
- Allergy/sensitivity testing (to medications, latex, other chemicals)
- MRI and CT scans
- Pregnancy testing
Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP: Experienced Medical Injury Lawyers in Pennsylvania and Delaware
If you or a loved one has suffered serious bodily injuries resulting from inadequate preoperative or preadmission testing, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP are prepared to work tirelessly on your behalf to help you recover your medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation costs, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and compensation for your pain and suffering. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware, we represent individuals and their families throughout the metropolitan area. Call us today at (215) 731-9900, toll free at (800) 300-0909 to set up your free initial consultation with a skilled Philadelphia medical injury lawyer or submit an online inquiry