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Medical Malpractice: March 2017 Archives

Surgical Mistakes Happen More Often Than You Would Expect

surgery-1822458_1920.jpgAbout 80 times each week, U.S. patients undergoing surgery experience mistakes that safety advocates say never should happen. They're called "Never Events," but these events are happening far too often and costing patients significant pain and suffering. The types of errors being made: Surgical instruments such as sponges are unintentionally left behind in the patient; a wrong procedure is performed; a wrong surgical site is operated upon; surgical equipment is not properly sterilized and surgery is done on the wrong patient altogether.

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