Wrong Site Surgery

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wrong-site surgery is a growing concern in the united states -- learn more about how to stay safe and avoid injury. find attorneys with experience in wrong-site surgery cases. injuryboard.com


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Operating on the wrong site or body part represents a potentially devastating event for all parties involved. Cases of "wrong site surgery" frequently attract considerable media attention and lead to malpractice lawsuits. Claims for wrong site orthopedic surgeries result in indemnity payments in 84% of cases, compared with only 30% of orthopedic claims overall. While orthopedics represents typically the largest source of claims, according to the Physician's Insurance Association of America (PIAA) wrong site surgery cases span the entire range of surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Common factors that have been identified in wrong site surgeries include the involvement of multiple surgeons on a case, the performance of multiple procedures during a single trip to the operating room, unusual time constraints, and unusual patient anatomy or patient characteristics, such as physical deformity and morbid obesity.

Wrong Site Surgery Prevention

Wrong site surgeries are a growing problem in this country: adverse eventscan usually be attributed to a flawed process or problem series of events rather than just one negligent nurse or doctor. In order to combat the growing prevalence of wrong-site surgeries, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) issued the following recommendations as a protocol for avoiding the problem:

- Mark the operative site and involve the patient in this process.
- Require oral verification of the correct site in the operating room by each member of the surgical team.
- Follow a verification checklist that includes all documents and medical records referencing the intended operative procedure and site.
- Directly involve the operating surgeon in the informed consent process.
- Engage in ongoing monitoring to ensure verification procedures are followed.

 



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