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A technological snafu can lead to medical malpractice

In many cases, medical malpractice involves a mistake made by a medical doctor, called an error of commission, or an error of omission, which is something a doctor failed to do. While such errors continue to occur in Texas health care centers, malpractice claims linked to technological errors are becoming increasingly common.

According to a leading industry watchdog report, simple human error is the leading cause for many of the malpractice issues. For instance, leaving behind a surgical sponge in a patient after surgery continues to be a problem. Findings suggest that a technologically based counting system to supplement the manual count currently performed in most operating rooms would be helpful in reducing this occurrence.

Although a technological system may seemingly be looked at as the culprit when something goes wrong, the genesis may come from human interaction. Some of the leading technologically based malpractice issues include automatic ventilator alarms, auto-programming of infusion pumps, custom programmed physiological alarms and insufficiently or improperly charged battery systems. Although each one of these systems can have mechanical failures that lead to flawed performance, the primary problem comes from improper human interface.

Serious injury or a worsened condition can result from surgical errors or the improper use of medical equipment. Understanding exactly what occurred and what should be the appropriate standard of care is often difficult in a medical malpractice case. A medical malpractice lawyer can assist in determining if negligence was a factor in the injury suffered by the patient. Depending on the case, the patient could get compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering.

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