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A surgical error is never acceptable and should never happen, this is why
they are referred to as "never events." Unfortunately, there
has been an alarming growth in the rate of these never events within the
past few years. Surgical errors of this nature are inexcusable, and the
fault lies solely with the medical practitioners. According to a study
published by The New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, there are approximately
more than 4,000 surgical mistakes that take place in the United States each year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ) explains that the term "never event"
was coined in 2001 after a series of shocking medical errors had been
occurring. These types of errors included wrong-site surgery and leaving
medical devices inside of a patient after surgery. The National Quality
Forum (NQF), when this first began to appear as a problem, further identified
never events into three categories: unambiguous, serious and usually preventable.
Now, there are 29 types of never events that fall under six different
main categories. Those are:
- Wrong-Site Surgery
- Op/Post-Op Complication
- Delay in Treatment
- Medication Error
- Patient Fall
If you or someone you love was injured in this way, please do not hesitate
to speak with a Nevada personal injury lawyer from our firm. At Shook
& Stone, we fight for victims of
medical malpractice so that they are fully compensated for their physical and emotional injuries.
"Never Events" Occurring Far Too Often
Listed below are just some of the shocking statistics about never events
and surgical errors:
- 9,744 cases were identified between 1990 and 2010
- Out of these nearly 10,000 cases, six percent died, 32.9 percent suffered
permanent injury and nearly 60 percent suffered temporary injury
- Each year, there can be as many as 1,500 instances of "surgical souvenirs"
which is another way to describe surgeons leaving medical devices behind
inside a patient post-surgery
- A mere 12 percent of surgical errors result in indemnity payments (financial
Surgical errors should not be confused with "surgical complications"
which may not be preventable. Calling a surgical error a surgical complication
is a way for a doctor and medical center to attempt to shift liability
off of themselves. While some surgical procedures are dangerous by nature,
other injuries occur purely because of doctor negligence.
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Regulations from The Joint Commission (the entity that regulates the medical
industry) require that hospitals report these never events when they do
occur. Statistics indicate that these events are decreasing on an annual
basis, but many medical researchers believe that this is because hospitals
have the ability to refuse to disclose the name of individual doctors
responsible for these never events. Some cases and settlements can remain
confidential and therefore they would not appear in the practitioner database.
Some examples of the nearly 30 recognized never events are surgery performed
on the wrong patient, infants being discharged to the wrong guardians,
maternal death or disability caused by hypoglycemia and even patient suicide
(or attempted suicide) while under the care of a medical professional.
If this describes a situation that you endured and you are seeking legal
representation, please do not hesitate to
contact a Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney from our firm for a free consultation today.