Patient safety researchers from Johns Hopkins have recently published a
medical malpractice study, in the online journal "Surgery", which details their
prudent, yet arduous analysis into malpractice claims across the nation.
During their study, the researchers uncovered the fact that surgeons throughout
the United States, regardless of their surgical specialty, are leaving
foreign objects inside patients after operations. In fact, their study
revealed objects like sponges and towels are being left inside patients'
bodies on an average of 39 times a week. Incorrect medical procedures
are being done more than 20 times a week, and operations on the wrong
body part are happening approximately 20 times a week. That means "never
events" are occurring more than 10 times a day, or at least 4,000
times a year.
Mistakes such as these are called "never events" as there is
a universal professional agreement that these types of incidents should
never take place during surgery. Of course some medical mistakes are not
100% preventable, such as even when everyone washes their hands, uses
antiseptic or antibacterial products, and maintains a fully sterile environment,
infections can still occur. Medical errors like "never events",
however, are 100% preventable and the Johns Hopkins study is proving to
be a much-needed reminder there is a lot of work that has yet to be done
when it comes to the safety of patients.
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), which is a federal repository
of medical malpractice claims, was used during the study to help researchers
positively identify both malpractice judgments and out-of-court malpractice
settlements pertaining to "never events" over a 20 year period.
Identifying these types of events in order to improve safety measures
and prevent such mistakes from taking place is vital because this study
revealed an estimated 59.2 percent of patients sustained temporary injuries,
while 32.9 percent sustained permanent injuries and 6.6 percent died as
a result of a "never event". It should also be noted that the
afore-mentioned study brought to light the fact that 62% of the surgeons
cited in the reviewed malpractice claims, had been cited on more than
If you have reason to believe you have become the victim of a "never
event" that occurred in a New Jersey Hospital or medical facility,
we strongly advise you contact Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law in
order to discuss your case and review your legal options. As the victim
of medical malpractice, you have rights. Our firm is here to advise you
of those rights and provide you with the aggressive representation you
need to protect those rights.
Contact a Bergen County personal injury attorney at our firm today to find out how we can help you.