Skip to Content

Get Your FREE Consultation

Blog

Catastrophic Surgical Errors More Common Than The Public Thinks

Dr. Martin Makary, M.D., a professor of surgery and public health at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore reported, stated in a CNN article that catatrosphic surgical errors are more common that the pubic thinks. The problem is commonly referred to as wrong patient wrong site surgery.

The findings arise from a study led by Dr. Philip Stahel, a surgeon at Denver Health Medical Center looking into common medical errors in Colorado hospitals. The errors in the database — some of which originated with other doctors or support staff, rather than surgeons — were caused by a range of slip-ups, including mixing up patient medical records, names, x-rays, and biopsy samples. All of the mistakes could be traced back to some form of miscommunication.

About one-fourth of those operations inflicted “significant harm” on a patient, according to the study’s investigators, as cited in an Associated Press article. Dr. Stahel called the findings “shocking” in a NYTIMES report and was concerned that despite implementation of standards such incidences may be on the rise.

TALK TO US NOW
FOR FREE
No Win, No Fee

Review Us

Martin & Jones, PLLC logo

“I appreciate all you’re doing and trying to do for me. I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a nicer attorney than Mike, and his assistant. You’re real nice people. It really makes you feel better, even with all the problems I have.”

Contact Our North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm

for a Consultation for Your Accident or Medical Malpractice Claim

Call us at 800-662-1234
TALK TO US NOW
FOR FREE
No Win, No Fee

The law firm you choose makes a difference. If you are the victim of an accident or an illness that someone else caused, the North Carolina personal injury law firm of Martin & Jones has the depth of experience, skills and sensitivity to make your road to recovery as smooth as possible. Whether you have experience with the legal system or have never hired a medical malpractice or personal injury lawyer before, our attorneys and staff will do our best to answer your questions, provide clear advice and prepare you and your family for what to expect. If you would like more information or to meet with one of our attorneys, please fill out the form below or call us at 800.662.1234.