Improper Procedures

If you or someone you know was given an improper procedure then you may be entitled to compensantion. Call Slater Slater Schulman LLP today at (212) 481-7400 for a free consultation.

The statistics are staggering.  Surgeons operate on the wrong site about 1,000 times a year. Wrong surgical site mistakes are preventable if the proper standards of medical care are followed, but unfortunately human error still results in improper procedures being performed every year.  We are to trust that if the procedure scheduled to be performed is for the right side of the body that is what will be operated on.  However, surgeons will often operate on the wrong side of the body requiring the patient to return for another procudure.  At times the surgeon believes the issue has resolved, but in fact, the surgeon was observing the wrong side of the body.

 

The Joint Commission for Surgery, receives about eight official reports each month of wrong site surgery being performed. However, the orgainzation’s chief patient safety officer indicates that the true number is likely more than 10 times higher, since hospitals are not required to report such incidents and most do not.

The standard of care implemented in order to avoid such errors is known as the “Universal Protocal.”  The surgeon will use markers to designate where the surgeon should cut and a checklist. In addition, doctors and nurses are supposed to discuss the procedure  before cutting to ensure that they are in agreement as to the procedure that is about to be performed.

If you or someone you know was given an improper procedure then you may be entitled to compensantion. Call Slater Slater Schulman LLP today at (212) 481-7400 for a free consultation.


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