Surgical errors occur by the thousands each year. Some of these mistakes are relatively minor, while others are life-threatening. By examining these mistakes, researchers have discovered that the top three most commonly occurring surgical mistakes are the ones that should never happen and have no excuse. These “never events,” as they are known by researchers, statistically occur on a weekly basis and account for over 4,000 surgical errors every year.
Among the most common surgical errors are the ones many individuals don’t believe ever really happen. These include performing the wrong surgery, operating on the wrong surgical site and leaving foreign objects inside a patient’s body. Altogether, these “never events” occur a disturbing 79 times a week, with the error of leaving foreign objects inside a patient’s body after being the most common. This unbelievable “never event” occurs an alarming 39 times a week.
Considering there are hundreds of thousands of surgical procedures performed every day in the United States, 79 surgical errors a week doesn’t seem too bad. Unfortunately, the number 79 only represents the three most common and inexcusable “never events”, and not all surgical errors. And that is 79 people whose lives may never be the same again.
Surgical procedures are extremely complex and usually involve the assistance of several individuals at the same time. With so many intricate and active facets, it should come as no surprise that sometimes surgical mishaps do happen.
Patients that have suffered injury due to a surgical error may benefit by speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. With their help, negligent doctors may be held responsible and compensation may be awarded.