The oath taken by health care providers begins, “First, do no harm.” But some doctors get this very, very wrong.
Recently, a Florida car accident victim is accusing her surgeon of committing medical malpractice in West Palm Beach, saying she went into the hospital for spinal surgery, only to awaken from surgery and learn one of her healthy, fully functioning kidneys was removed unnecessarily. South Florida medical malpractice attorneys refer to these as “never events,” because there is no acceptable reason they should ever happen. Yet they do, and all too often.
The National Quality Forum, a non-profit organization comprised of professionals in healthcare, business and policy, lists 28 serious reportable adverse patient events including:
- Surgery on the wrong body part;
- Patient elopement/ wandering resulting in serious injury or death;
- Maternal death or serious injury associated with a low-risk pregnancy while being cared for in a health care setting;
- Serious patient injury or death associated with a fall while being cared for in a health care facility;
- Pressure ulcers;
- Unintended retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery.