When a medical condition necessitates a surgical procedure, the individual must assume some risks associated with going under the knife. Although there are risks associated with every surgery, certain events should never occur (known as “never events”). However, according to research from John Hopkins University, these “never events” happen at least 4,000 times each year in the United States.
What Are “Never Events”?
The term “never events” started being used in 2001 when Dr. Ken Kizer used it to explain outrageous surgical mistakes that are inexcusable and completely avoidable, resulting in permanent injury or death.
Some common examples of “never events” include wrong-site injury (where surgery is performed on the wrong body part), surgery on the wrong person, or leaving foreign objects in the body of the patient.
“Never Events” Happen All The Time
The term “never events” may suggest that such medical events are either rare or do not exist. However, on the contrary, rates of such medical mistakes are shockingly high. In fact, research reveals that over 80,000 “never events” occurred between 1990 and 2010.
More specifically, it is estimated that surgeons are estimated to leave foreign objects inside their patients at an outstanding rate of 39 times per week. Moreover, surgeons performing the wrong surgery or operating on the wrong body part occurs approximately 20 times per week.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer
Although medical staff are obligated to follow standard protocols before, during and after surgical procedures, there are too many instances of failure to adhere to these accepted standards, leading to devastating injuries and death.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death due to substandard care provided by a physician or medical facility, you should contact an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our lawyers, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 800.529.9997.