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Various programs employed to try to reduce surgical errors

Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 15, 2015 in Surgical Errors

Whether we want to think about it or not, all surgical procedures can be risky—even the most minor. Human error during an operation can lead to serious injuries and in the worst cases even death. In addition to foreign objects being left in the body of the person, wrong party parts may be operated upon or the wrong procedure may be performed. Other times, as a result of the way a procedure is performed, infection may later set in.

These errors can result in injured patients filing medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers at Johns Hopkins conducted a study in 2012 which found that as a result of “never events" each year more than 4,000 such clams are filed. Between 1990 and 2010, these types of incidents resulted in a payout of $1.3 billion

In operating rooms throughout the nation healthcare provides are combating these issues. Multiple approaches are being taken, including:

  • Asking surgeons to make sure that their team in the operating room is all focused on safety.
  • Educating surgeons about the use of equipment that could be dangerous.
  • Screening patients before surgery using big data.
  • Utilizing technology such as in the use of radio frequency identification tags on sponges.

These steps are being coordinated via a variety of programs implemented in hospitals throughout the nation.

When someone makes the sometimes difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure there is an expectation that negligence will not leave them worse off than they were before. When it does occur, a medical malpractice lawsuit could make sense.