When you think of surgery, you probably think of what you see on TV – the emergency operations that take place in the hospital. You likely picture major heart or brain procedures. The reality is actually quite different.
Most surgeries are routine, smaller procedures. In fact, less invasive procedures such as biopsies and cataract operations are still considered surgeries. What we have seen is that many surgical procedures are now performed at outpatient surgical centers.
But are these surgical centers as safe as regular hospitals?
What happens if something goes wrong?
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Surgical centers are often known as outpatient centers. There are more than 5,600 surgical centers in the United States, performing millions of surgeries each year. Think about this though – medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US.
You want to make sure you are receiving quality healthcare in all situations, especially for surgical procedures.
Are these surgical centers safe?
Often, these surgical centers are not equipped to handle major medical emergencies. This can be a problem because all surgeries carry a risk of major complications. There are many instances of the staff of surgical centers having to call 911 to transport patients to a real hospital because they cannot handle the situation.
These surgical centers are not fully equipped hospitals. In fact, they often do not have the staff or equipment on hand to handle major medical emergencies. Why?
Many surgical centers are for-profit, meaning that they are making money from each surgery they perform. They also want to cut costs where they can, meaning they may not buy the latest resuscitation equipment because it is too expensive. These centers may also schedule more surgeries than can be properly handled in an effort to make more money.
Any time medical professionals place profit above patient care, they are putting patients’ lives at risk.
It has been found time and time again that surgical centers, overall, do not have the same standard of care people find in hospitals. A Medicare study said that they are not required “to have the trained staff and equipment needed to provide the breadth of intensity of care” one should expect when they need a surgical procedure.
If you believe that you or a loved one have been harmed by the staff or procedures of a surgical center, you need to secure legal assistance now. These cases become complex very quickly and on the other side, the ones who made the mistakes, will fight back. We know how scary a surgical mistake can be. It can wear you down both financially and emotionally.
That is not fair.