Malpractice study: Surgical 'never events' occur at least 4,000 times per year
from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine via Medical Xpress
After a cautious and rigorous analysis of national malpractice claims, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient's body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong body site 20 times a week.
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