Wrong-site surgeries occur 40 times a week, commission estimates
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Washington Post/Kaiser Health News: “Some researchers and patient safety experts say the problem of wrong-site surgery has not improved and may be getting worse,” according to a report by Sandra G. Boodman. The Joint Commission, the association that accredits U.S. hospitals, estimates this “never event” (so called because medical experts agree it should never happen) occurs 40 times a week in hospitals and clinics across the country. And even though it is an act of medical negligence for which there is no acceptable excuse, only one-third of wrong-site surgeries result in a malpractice suit.