Tuesday, 21 of August of 2018

Study Highlights Continued Prevalence of Surgical Mistakes

Of the 27,370 incidents reported to them in the study, there were 107 operations performed on the wrong body part and 25 surgeries performed on the wrong patient.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Virginia (VA)

A recent study entitled, “Wrong-Site and Wrong-Patient Procedures in the Universal Protocol Era” revealed surgeons continue to make an unacceptably high number of preventable mistakes.

Of the 27,370 incidents reported to them in the study, there were 107 operations performed on the wrong body part and 25 surgeries performed on the wrong patient. These numbers may appear small in the grand scheme of things, but keep in mind that these types of medical errors are considered “never events”. Clearly, 132 events that are never supposed to happen is far too high a number.

These numbers are even more disturbing given that safety measures were put in place back in 2004 known as “universal protocol.” These measures were meant to streamline certain surgical procedures so the chances of a blatant surgical error, like leaving surgical instruments inside a patient, were cut down.

It looks like much more work needs to be done.

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