By Jennifer Fried – Originally Printed in Becker’s Review, March 15, 2017
When a patient sued Yale New Haven Hospital earlier this year for allegedly removing part of the wrong rib during surgery and then covering up the mistake, the case highlighted a problem facing operating rooms across America—avoidable human error.
Although the most egregious “Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure, and Wrong-Patient” errors are fairly uncommon, these and other more common preventable errors, including the wrong size tool being provided during surgery, do occur and are unequivocally problematic. Perhaps the errors do not even make their way to the patient, or mistakes are narrowly avoided by inefficient and unsafe mid-procedure halts to remedy missing or incorrect materials prior to being used. Read Full Article