Florida patients might wonder how a wrong-site surgical error could possibly happen. Prior to such a procedure, many factors can result in a breakdown in leadership, communication or important procedural activities. When such a breakdown occurs, mistakes can happen, and a patient can suffer the most significant consequences, experiencing potentially permanent damage physically and emotionally. At the same time, a medical facility and its personnel can suffer too as a surgical error affects records and carries potentially significant financial and professional consequences.
The process for the patient and surgical team can affect the outcome, making it important to be deliberate and careful during patient assessment and team briefing prior to a procedure. Communication with the patient is important, and a sign-the-site approach may ensure that the patient acknowledges the procedure and that the surgical team can adequately review the location. Similarly, good communication about the planned procedure among those to perform it allows for clarification on any points of confusion.