Mistakes that happen during surgeries in Kansas City, Missouri which can be prevented are known as “never events” because they should simply not happen. According to John Hopkins Medicine, these surgical errors often result in medical malpractice claims and include things like operating on the wrong body site, an incorrect procedure being performed and foreign objects being left inside patients.
According to a study performed by researchers at John Hopkins University, there is estimated to have been 80,000 never events that occurred in the U.S. between 1990 and 2010. Researchers analyzed 9,744 paid national malpractice judgments to arrive at this estimate and believe that it is actually on the low end. This is because not all foreign items that are left inside patients are discovered. In the judgments that were studied, 59.2 percent of patients suffered temporary injuries, 32.9 percent were permanently injured and 6.6 percent died as a result of surgical errors that could have been prevented.