Health Authorities Investigating Reports of Surgery Performed on Wrong Patient
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 11, 2016 in Medical Malpractice
In a shocking case of potential surgical malpractice, the Massachusetts Department of Health is investigating a surgeon at Worcestor's St. Vincent Hospital who has been accused of removing a kidney from the wrong patient.
Tenet Health, which owns the hospital, released a statement claiming that this patient misidentification took place outside of its hospital and was not caused by hospital employees who followed proper surgical procedures.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines this type of surgical malpractice as a “never event,” which means that it should never happen and it indicates serious safety issues if it does occur.
According to one study, performing surgery on the wrong patient happens approximately once every 112,000 surgical procedures, which equates to one error every five to 10 years at an individual hospital.
Preventing Surgical Malpractice
Hospital accreditor, The Joint Commission, recommends that hospitals mark surgical sites before performing surgery and take a few moments before operating to be sure that the proper procedure is being performed on the right patient.
Unfortunately, this preventive measure might not work if the patient has the wrong ID bracelet.
Consult Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When you go in for surgery, you are trusting surgeons and other medical professionals with your health and possibly your life. They have a responsibility to perform within accepted medical standards. Unfortunately, errors do occur and can cause severe harm to patients.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or died because of surgical negligence or any other form of medical malpractice, contact our Watertown medical malpractice lawyers today. We offer a free initial consultation and we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get compensated unless you do.