Though much improvement has been made in the medical world to reduce mistakes, there is still a percentage of unusual, but preventable, errors that occur. Researchers believe they have discovered a link between surgical errors and poor communication among hospital staff.
According to researchers based in California, the biggest contributor to the errors may be the lack of communication among those involved with the patient prior to and during surgical procedures. Their research looked at over 100 studies that had been published over a period of 10 years.
The three errors that researchers studied included fires in the operating room, pieces of surgical equipment left inside the body of the patient and surgery performed on the wrong patient or the wrong site. The frequency of errors varied based on methods of data collection used as well as the type of surgery performed. There was not enough data on surgical fires for the study. However, the researchers determined that a lack of communication was a frequent factor, particularly in wrong site surgeries, which occur in 1 out of every 100,000 surgeries. Researchers believe that better tracking of these never events could help determine their frequency and how to prevent them.
When a patient is injured beyond the original complaint due to hospital negligence or doctor errors, it may be prudent to pay a visit to a personal injury lawyer. There are safeguards in place for victims of such errors and compensation may be appropriate. An attorney can help to explain your options.