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Commonly misused surgical tools

Doctors are not perfect, which is why there is a team to support and double check them. Multiple nurses and physicians regularly check each others' notes and work to ensure that mistakes are kept to a minimum. While these safety checks are great at catching improper medications and doses, they cannot prevent errors that occur in the surgical room. Unfortunately, doctors are the last line of defense when it comes to correctly using surgical tools.

Surgical tools are misused every day. Operating room technicians do not properly maintain, clean, and transport them. The doctor uses the instruments in an incorrect manner that causes excess wear or damage which reduces its effectiveness.

For example, doctors occasionally use the lens during an endoscopy case which places excess stress on the lens and causes it to bend. This warps the tool and reduces its effectiveness. There are also issues regarding proper tool cleaning and maintenance. Modern surgical techniques depend on precision tools, and the slightest imperfection could reap dangerous results.

Doctors are presented with a dizzying array of tools and techniques, each specialized for particular site surgeries. Unfortunately, this means that doctors must continually practice with the latest techniques and tools. There is no way that a physician can properly supervise the maintenance and transportation of all of her tools. She relies on hospitals and surgical staff to ensure that the tools remain in operative condition.

If you believe you were injured due to a negligently maintained tool that resulted in harm to you during your surgery, you may want to speak with an attorney. Competence extends to more than just operating correctly; the operating room staff must also provide the surgeon with the appropriate tools. A lawyer can review the maintenance records to determine if the hospital and surgeon utilized the correct equipment during your surgery.

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