Like others in New York, you may have, at one point or another, needed surgery to repair internal damage or treat a medical condition, among other reasons. When undergoing such procedures, you, and other patients, put your life and wellbeing in the hands of your medical provider. All too often, however, surgical errors occur that could be prevented.
Some of the most common medical mistakes are referred to as surgical never events. This is because it is believed that these errors are preventable, and thus, should not ever happen. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, some of the most common surgical never events include the following:
- Performing procedures on the wrong body part
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Carrying out the wrong procedure on a patient
- Unintentionally leaving a foreign object in a patient