Having surgery is a major event in a person’s life. Whether the procedure was done while you were inpatient or outpatient, you should be able to count on the medical care team to assist you during your recovery.
The recovery period begins as soon as the surgery is finished. Immediately after the surgery, you should have a nurse with you constantly. As time passes, the nurse will likely start to leave your side, but you’ll still be watched closely. Most hospitals and surgical centers have monitors that the care team can see even if they aren’t in the room with you.
What should the medical team do after the surgery?
Immediately after the procedure, the nursing staff will have to continue to monitor your vital signs as you come out of anesthesia. They should discuss your pain level with you and ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible. The incisions from the procedure must also be checked during the post-surgical period.
They must also provide you with instructions for self-care once you’re discharged. It may help if you have someone with you who can listen to the care instructions. The care plan should also be provided to you in writing so you can refer to it later if necessary. You should also have a clear plan for follow-up care after you’re discharged.
When the medical staff doesn’t care for you properly after surgery, you can suffer serious complications. If medical negligence is a factor in the situation, you may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. Nevada has strict time limits for this, so don’t delay initiating the process.