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Surgical Errors Continue to Occur in Florida and Other States

A recent medical review stated that, although rare, medical mistakes can and do occur in hospitals throughout the United States. Surgical errors in Florida and elsewhere continue to plague some patients who have placed themselves under the care of medical professionals for necessary or elective surgeries. A recent article listed some of the most common mistakes made by surgeons.

According to current data, 1 in 10,000 surgeries across the nation result in a foreign object being left inside the body of a patient. In 1 out of every 100,000 surgeries, surgeons operate on the wrong part of a patient's body. Researchers have claimed that poor communication between medical staff members is at the root of many surgical mistakes.

Some refer to these errors as "never events," stressing that these types of mistakes are entirely preventable and should never occur. It was suggested that information from these events be collected in order to help doctors develop tools and practices that might prevent such errors from reoccurring. The U.S. Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety has advocated a Universal Protocol designed to improve the safety of surgical procedures in the United States.

Those who commit surgical errors in Florida that cause injury or illness to a patient can be held liable in a civil court if the injured party chooses to file a medical malpractice claim. Depending upon the severity of an injury or illness, ongoing, long-term medical treatment and/or physical therapy might be needed to achieve a full recovery. This can bring undue financial stress to a family and any compensation awarded by the court in a successfully litigated case can be used to help offset some of those costs.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "This Is Why Horrific Surgical Mistakes Still Happen In The U.S.", Laura Geggel, June 11, 2015

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