Thousands of surgeries take place every day. When a patient goes in for
surgery, they are putting their trust, health, and life into the hands of a skilled
and competent doctor. However, according to the research done at John
Hopkins University, events that should never take place in a surgery (“never
events”) happen at least 4,000 times a year, throughout the United
States. The findings, published in
Surgery, exposes that over 80,000 “never events” occurred between
1990 and 2010.
A “never event” is a sort of mistake that should never happen
and is 100% preventable. It is estimated that approximately 39 times a
week, a surgeon leaves a foreign object inside the patient, including
towels or sponges. Additionally, surgeons perform the wrong surgery, or
operate on the wrong part of the body about 20 times per week. Researches
have also found that on an average, 15 errors occur during a normal surgery.
About 24% of these errors are due directly to equipment failure. Sadly,
surgeons that were involved in “never events” were usually
found to be involved in other incidents as well.
Safety procedures are present in hospitals and medical centers to help
prevent “never events” from occurring, including:
- Establishing of mandatory “time-outs” in operating rooms, which
allows the team to match the surgical plans with the patient
- Mandatory counting of items, such as sponges and towels both before and
after surgery by the surgical team.
- Requirement that all surgery sites are to be marked with indelible ink.
Even with all these procedures set into action, more needs to be done.
Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of surgery at John
Hopkins University School of Medicine, stresses the importance of informing
the public about “never events”. It not only makes patients
research hospitals and doctors, but it also puts pressure on the hospitals
to maintain quality of care.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a “never event”,
it is important to contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice
attorney as soon as possible. Your medical malpractice attorney will review
your case, go over all of your legal options, and perform a thorough investigation
of the incident.
Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a surgical error, it is important
to speak to an experienced Fort Lauderdale
medical malpractice attorney immediately. The Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys
at Kelley/Uustal believe that negligent surgeons and surgical teams should
be held accountable for the injuries they have caused.
Contact us at Kelley/Uustal or call us at
954.900.9364 or (954)-522-6601. We are here to answer all your questions, protect your family, and help
you pursue justice.