Wrong Site -Wrong Patient Errors Exist Despite Protocols

A recent study based on Colorado physicians indicates that despite the issuance of a “Universal Protocol” requiring clinicians to perform certain safeguarding measures, “wrong site” surgeries and “wrong-patient” medical errors continue.  

As California medical malpractice attorneys we see too many “preventable” mistakes occurring throughout hospitals.  More must be done to ensure that when patients seek treatment at a hospital, they don’t leave having suffering greater injury or harm.

Although not every unfavorable outcome following medical treatment constitutes medical malpractice, if you have concerns about your treatment consider the following:
?    Is my condition significantly worse now than before treatment?
?    Are my symptoms commonly associated with the treatment I received?
?    Is the doctor able to give a satisfactory explanation for my symptoms?

Based on the Colorado study, researchers concluded:

?    The main causes of wrong-patient procedures were errors in diagnosis.
?    The main causes of wrong-site procedure were errors in judgment and failure to perform a ‘time out’ prior to surgery.
?    The largest single factor contributing to the medical mistakes is the inadequate planning of procedures.

The bottom line as noted by researchers, more must be done to achieve a “zero-tolerance philosophy for these preventable incidents.”

For more information, or if you believe you may have been harmed by medical malpractice, contact Bostwick, Peterson & Mitchell, LLP, dedicated to helping those injured by medical negligence.

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