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Risks of medical negligence during post-operative care

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

The idea of undergoing any type of medical procedure can be stressful and many patients may be eager to make it through to the recovery process without complications. However, patients in Illinois might not always be aware of the types of health risks they might face during post-operative care. There are various types of issues that can arise during the recovery period, especially in the presence of medical negligence, and some of these issues could take a dire toll on one’s health and well-being. 

Medical professionals may have a duty to carefully monitor a patient’s health during recovery, as this could be integral to identifying and addressing a variety of potential concerns, such as: 

  • Drops in blood pressure:  Monitoring for drops in blood pressure may be vital during post-operative care, as such issues can prompt various types of severe complications. 
  • Blood loss:  During recovery, some patients may be at risk of suffering from issues with blood loss and a rapid loss of blood could pose a significant threat to one’s health if left unaddressed. 
  • Surgical site infections:  Failure to monitor surgical site wounds for signs of infection can also be disastrous and identifying infections swiftly could be vital to limiting infection spread. 
  • Adverse reactions:  Staff members may also have a duty to watch for signs of adverse reactions to medications and anesthesia, as similar issues can prove severe in nature. 

Blood clots and pulmonary complications are two more examples of issues that could arise during recovery and failure to identify and treat such concerns could prove devastating. 

The presence of medical negligence during post-operative care could expose patients in Illinois to a variety of potential health risks. Those who suffer serious harm under such circumstances might not know how best to approach the situation or where to turn for advice on their available legal avenues. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can help a client prepare to carefully explore his or her options and assist in creating a strategy with which to seek the compensation entitled via a medical malpractice claim.