• 21
  • November
    2013

Hospital and surgical errors can be very risky for patients in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States. There are many different types of medical mistakes that happen in U.S. hospitals, and patient safety advocates are trying to raise awareness to the dangers patients face in the hospital.

One type of error that results in many complications and deaths is caused by hospital mistakes that should not be happening in the first place. Hospital and surgical errors that should not happen are referred to as "never events," because they are easy to prevent yet still happen.

What causes "never events" in U.S. hospitals? Many hospital errors are caused by negligent actions including not having proper procedures in place to keep patients safe during surgery and other procedures and not taking steps to protect patients from harm like an infection or surgical complication.

One of the most common types of "never events" that happens in the hospital is having retained surgical items left inside patients. When surgeons accidently leave surgical instruments like a sponge inside a patient's body, the patient is at risk for suffering complications, infections and even dying. Leaving an object inside a patient can cause serious health issues and pain in patients.

Leaving surgical objects inside a patient should never happen if operating rooms are following safety procedures and protocols. However, when procedures are not in place or a surgeon accidently misses a sponge, this negligent action can lead to devastating consequences for the patient and their family.

In addition to leaving surgical items inside a patient, what other hospital errors are classified as "never events?" Our article on hospital "never events" highlights the risks patients face and what types of medical mistakes commonly happen in the U.S.

Patients should be aware of the different types of errors they might encounter during a hospital stay and research the hospital to make sure they are following proper safety protocols and procedures to reduce the risk of errors.