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How serious is the problem of surgical errors in the nation?

For many, the problem of surgical errors is a difficult topic to consider, especially for those who are planning to undergo a surgical procedure. People are at their most vulnerable during such a procedure. Many fear the worst, and with good reason once you take the reported accounts of surgery room errors into account.

Researchers looking at surgical errors estimate that more than 4,000 mistakes occur during these procedures each year. Even more alarming, all of these incidents are 100 percent preventable. Those engaging in this important research refer to these mistakes as "never events" because they should never happen. These researchers say that never event surgical errors occurred approximately 10,000 times in America between 1990 and 2010.

This data also reveals that surgical errors happen each day in operating rooms across the country. Below is a breakdown of the three most common of these errors and the number of times they happen each week.

  • Sponges, towels, instruments and other foreign objects are left inside of patients 39 times a week.
  • Surgeons perform incorrect surgical procedures on patients 20 times a week.
  • Surgeons perform operations on the wrong part of their patients 20 times a week.

Further, researchers say that many of these surgeons have a history of making mistakes. While the research involves the whole of the nation, one can safely assume that some of the surgeons practicing in Florida have made surgical errors at some point in their careers.

Those who have suffered serious illness or injury because of surgical errors can turn to the law for help. A great first step is consulting with a personal injury attorney familiar with medical malpractice.

Source: WebMD, "Thousands of Mistakes Made in Surgery Every Year," Jennifer Warner, accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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