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 during
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
medical 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 has been the victim of a
surgical error, it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney
in Fort Lauderdale as soon as possible. Your lawyer will review your case,
go over all of your legal options, and perform a thorough investigation
of the incident.
Injured By a Surgical Mistake? Call Kelley/Uustal Today
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 lawyer
immediately. The team at Kelley/Uustal believes that negligent surgeons
and surgical teams should be held accountable for the injuries they have caused.
Contact us online or call us at (954) 715-4511. We are here to answer all your questions,
protect your family, and help you pursue justice.