In short, a surgical “never event” is a serious error that
is 100% preventable and should never happen. Never events are a highly
consequential form of
medical malpractice that often occur as a result of any of the following:
- Omission of critical detail
- Negligent oversight
- Poor communication and teamwork
- Reckless behavior
- Failures in process
Surgical never events have the potential to be life-altering and disastrous.
The negative impact felt by victims of medical accidents is deepened by
the knowledge that it was entirely avoidable and never should have happened.
Common types of surgical never events include:
Wrong site surgery: This occurs when a surgeon operates on the wrong part of the body, performs
the wrong procedure, or gives the patient an operation intended for someone else.
Wrong implant or prosthesis: This occurs when a patient is given an implant or prosthetic device intended
for another patient.
Foreign object retention: This occurs when an object is left behind within the patient’s
body following the surgery. These are commonly referred to as retained
surgical items (RSIs). Common objects left behind include gauze, sponges,
broken parts of surgical instruments, needles, malleable retractors, and
more. RSIs are commonly known to cause serious infections and other serious
health issues that may never have developed otherwise.
With proper organization, communication, and attention from surgeons, surgical
teams, and other medical staff, such events should not occur under any
circumstance. However, such events not only occur, but they are known
to cause infections, additional health issues, extended hospital stays,
suffering as a result of anxiety and depression, among other protracted
If you have been negatively affected by the negligence and oversight of
a medical professional and are suffering in the aftermath of a surgical
take legal action immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for the damages caused. Our Ft. Lauderdale
medical malpractice attorneys are willing and prepared to help you achieve
the best possible outcome in your medical malpractice case.
Let us help you get your life back. Call (888) 499-6206 today or schedule your
free, confidential consultation with us today.