6 Facts to Know about Surgery Errors & Malpractice Claims (Pt. 2)
July 23, 2014
In continuation of 6 Facts to Know about Surgery Errors & Malpractice Claims (Pt. 1), below, we will carry on our discussion of some important facts about surgery mistakes in the U.S. While some of these facts may be alarming, it’s critical that you remember that people who are hurt by any medical negligence have rights and may be entitled to compensation.
More Facts about Surgery Mistake in the U.S.
Fact 3 – Leaving objects in patients is the most common type of surgery mistake.
While any number of mistakes can be made when patients are being operated on, by far, the most common surgery error is leaving objects in patients. In fact, researchers estimate that this type of surgery mistake takes place at least 39 times every week in hospitals across the U.S.
Some of the specific objects that can be left in patients include sponges, surgical instruments, towels, gauze, etc. In general, this surgery mistake occurs when support staff members like nurses fail to properly account for all of the surgical equipment after a procedure.
One solution that has been proposed is having bar codes on every single piece of equipment and supply used during surgery so that there is a precise way to account for them and determine that something may have been left inside of a patient (instead of waiting for that individual to develop a serious complication, like an infection).
Fact 4 – Performing the wrong surgery is the second most common surgery error.
Another common surgery mistake involves performing the wrong procedure on patients. In fact, Johns Hopkins University researchers have estimated that this type of surgery error occurs at least 20 times every week in hospitals throughout the U.S.
While “wrong procedure” mistakes can involve (as the name implies) conducting the wrong operation on a patient, they can also involve performing the right operation on the wrong part of the body (such as operating on the right arm instead of the left arm, for example).
Wrong procedure errors often lead to irreversible damage to patients, particularly when the procedure performed has involved the removal of organs, tissues, etc.
For some final important facts to know about surgery errors and malpractice claims, don’t miss the conclusion to this blog that will be coming soon!
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