Never events include errors such as failure to remove sponges or other surgical objects before closing up incisions, performing incorrect procedures and even amputating the wrong limb. Researchers say that approximately 10,000 never events occurred over a 20 year period from 1990 through 2010. Their analysis reveals shocking details.
Every week during that two-decade time period, on average, foreign objects were forgotten inside patients 39 times and incorrect procedures were performed 20 times. The wrong sites of patients' bodies were operated on 20 times a week. An executive at a health care analytic consulting firm said the frequency of these never events continue to cause alarm. However, he said it is not easy for clinicians to discuss these incidents -- which makes it difficult to bring about change.
Victims of such never events or any other medical negligence are entitled to pursue claims for financial relief -- not only for additional medical expenses resulting from the errors but also for emotional damages sustained. The navigation of medical malpractice lawsuits is typically challenging because this is a complicated field of the law. However, with the support and guidance of an experienced Tennessee medical malpractice attorney, documented claims may lead to maximum compensation.