There are some things that should never occur during a surgery. Unfortunately,
due to how common these incidents are, the healthcare industry has a term
for medical errors which are completely unacceptable: never events.
A never event is described as a mistake that any reasonable medical professional
can agree should
never happen. According to a Johns Hopkins Medical Malpractice study, never
events occur at least 4,000 times annually. Surgical never events often
result in a lack of adequate communication and careless record keeping,
and they are typically catastrophic and preventable.
The following are the common examples of surgical never events:
Wrong site surgery – This never event occurs when a surgeon performs invasive procedures
on an incorrect part of the body or on the wrong side of the body.
Wrong procedure surgery – A procedure which is not necessary or not consistent with a patient’s
documented consent can be considered a wrong procedure never event.
Wrong patient surgery – This never event typically occurs as a result of misidentification
and a lack of organization by hospital staff members, insurers, and other
Foreign objects left inside a patient – Items commonly involved in these types of surgical never events
include scalpels, medical sponges, and gauze.
If you or a loved one suffered further injury or illness due to a surgical
never event, a
personal injury attorney who handles
medical malpractice cases can help recover financial compensation on your behalf. At
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, our Kingston legal team can work to hold the responsible party liable
for its egregious failures and for damages patients experienced, such
as additional medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional distress, as
well as pain and suffering.
For more information,
contact us and request a
free consultation today.