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What Are “Never Events” In Terms of Medical Malpractice?

In the world of healthcare, there are various standards that medical professionals must abide by in order to care for patients. Unfortunately, there are often serious mistakes that occur causing significant injury and damage to a patient.

There are some mistakes considered to be very serious, often life-changing, that are preventable. These are typically called never events because they should not occur no matter the circumstances. Here are the incidents considered to be never events.

Wrong Site Surgery

Often caused by miscommunication or mixed information, there are some instances when surgeons operate on the wrong part of a patient’s body. This can cause serious pain and discomfort for the patient, and leave the original problem for which surgery was initially ordered.

Leaving an Object in the Body

Because there are many surgical instruments and equipment used during procedures, there are members of the surgical team who must ensure all items are accounted for before closing up a patient. When an item is left inside a patient post-surgery, it can lead to infection or further injury.

Surgery Performed on Wrong Patient

Patients should have charts and records that go with them wherever they may go inside a hospital. If something goes wrong and incorrect information is provided, surgery may be performed on the wrong patient. This is often a system or human error.

Despite the expectation of care, there are times when healthcare professionals are negligent in their actions or are untrained. This can lead to serious complications for the patients these medical professionals treat, leaving long-term injuries or pain and suffering.

At Levine and Wiss, our New York medical malpractice lawyers work hard to represent individuals injured due to the negligence of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. When something goes wrong, we are here to help make it right for the injured individual.

Call us today to discuss your potential case.