Some surgical errors that happen in New York are so egregious, they should never occur. These errors are known as never events because they are completely preventable when proper protocols are followed by hospitals and medical staff. According to a recent Johns Hopkins malpractice study, surgical never events may occur more than 4,000 times each year around the nation. Researchers found that among these never events, wrong body site surgery occurs at least 20 times each week.
If you are preparing for the birth of a child, you may wonder about the safety of vacuum extractors, which are a common tool that many doctors choose to help aid in the delivery of babies. While these devices can be used properly and safely, there are some instances where they result in the injury of the child they are meant to help. If your child is born in a vacuum-assisted delivery, he or she could sustain injuries ranging from the very mild to severe.
Nurse fatigue occurs when nurses work prolonged shifts with little to no rest and make errors in their performance as a result. Due to the sensitive nature of a nurse’s responsibilities, this can have a life-or-death impact on patient health and safety. Unfortunately, this is a problem that has been around since the profession began, and healthcare workers and hospitals are still trying to determine how to effectively and efficiently eliminate the issue to ensure that patients receive the proper standard of care.
Mammograms are a diagnostic imaging tool that medical personnel use to detect and evaluate changes in breast tissue that may indicate cancer is present or may be present in the future. These procedures are regularly encouraged by national cancer societies and medical organizations and are commonly seen as the only way a breast cancer diagnosis can be caught in time. However, the staff at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfed, LLP know that these tests are often improperly done or misread, leading to a potential misdiagnosis.