A new study published in the journal Surgery has released new information revealing that major surgical mistakes, known as “never events,” actually happen frequently every year. As reported by Fox News, these so-called “never events” may actually happen more than 4,000 times every year in the United States.
What are never events? The surgical community labels them as such because even though they are seen as some of the worst mistakes that could be made during a surgical procedure, they almost never occur. Or so patients were told.
According to the study, there were 9,744 incidents found to have occurred from 1990 through 2010 that are classified as never events. These accidents include operating on the wrong body part, leaving an object inside a patient, and operating on the wrong patient altogether. Researchers involved in the study believed that the more than 9,000 never events reported during this time are actually only a small portion of the amount that actually happened and believe that the true amount every year is equal to more than 4,000.
Most often, these events involved an item being left inside a patient after he or she is sewn up following surgery, with the most common item being a sponge, accounting for 49.8 percent of all never events. Following this was performing the wrong procedure, then operating on the wrong body part, and finally operating on the wrong patient.
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