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What can lead to surgeons making errors during surgery?

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

A surgeon’s undivided attention is important when they are in the middle of a procedure. Even the slightest distraction can lead to serious problems, like avoidable injuries and errors.

Understanding the medical malpractice that can infiltrate an operating room is crucial.

Distractions in the room

External distractions can come from various sources within the operating room. This includes conversations among the surgical team members or loud noises. Such disruptions can make a surgeon lose focus, potentially causing them to lose track of critical steps in the procedure.

Personal factors

Personal factors can also play a role in distracting a surgeon during a procedure. Fatigue and personal worries can ruin a surgeon’s concentration, affecting their decision-making abilities and performance.

According to the National Library of Medicine, around 4,000 surgical errors happen yearly in America. It is important for surgeons to address any personal issues before entering the operating room to minimize the risk of distraction-related errors.

Phones and technology

Electronic devices, such as smartphones, can be valuable tools for finding medical information. However, notifications or calls can interrupt a surgeon’s concentration and lead to harmful errors.

Poor communication

Distractions can disrupt an operating room’s communication, leading to misunderstandings and misinterpretations of instructions. Miscommunication among team members can result in errors that may harm you.


In an attempt to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, a surgeon could fail to pay attention to the main procedure. Multitasking can lead to errors, since dividing their focus among various tasks can prevent the surgeon from dedicating their full attention to each step of the surgery.

Distractions are a threat to patient safety during surgery. Dealing with the aftermath of a surgical error can leave you with worries about medical malpractice.