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Many Surgical Errors in Florida and Beyond Are Preventable

A doctor at a leading hospital recently stated that in light of the standardized and specific procedures that are in place to guide surgeons through elective surgeries, mistakes should be very rare. Many studies suggest that surgical errors are often preventable and occur due to negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse or other medical staff member. Florida patients might wish to take note of a recent study that was conducted in another state in order to measure the performance of surgeons.

Current statistics show that more than 100,000 people die in the United States, every year due to mistakes made during or after surgical procedures. Data suggests that many of those mistakes could have been avoided. In order to raise public awareness on the topic, a non-profit organization recently published Medicare data that shows the outcome of eight common elective surgeries in Medicare patients performed by more than 17,000 surgeons throughout the United States. The data includes surgeries performed over the past five years.

The surgical outcome of more than 60,300 patients was included in the published data. Part of the analysis documented how many of those patients suffered after-surgery complications that required a re-admittance to the hospital. A doctor working for an investigative unit in California stated that all medical professionals should want to see a reduction of error in the surgical field; and, he said, he was pleased that the hospital in his area performed at a very low-risk score in the recent study.

The Johns Hopkins physician recently interviewed explained that while most surgeons do their best to do the right thing and follow all safety procedures and protocol, there are some who are perform with poor skill or lack of appropriate judgment due to a temptation toward certain unsavory incentives that are sometimes present in the industry. In Florida, surgical errors continue to occur that result in patients suffering injuries or other adverse health effects. Such patients have the right to pursue legal action against any party deemed negligent. Doing so would allow a patient to seek compensation for damages sustained as a result of a surgeon's error or negligence.

Source: NBC Bay Area, "Surgeons' Performances Scored for the First Time", Stephen Stock, Julie Putnam, Jeremy Carroll and Scott Pham, Accessed on July 21, 2015

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