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What is a never event?

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2018 | Surgical Errors |

When you go to a medical facility in New York, you have the right to expect them to care for you properly. It is your right to receive care that is correct and appropriate. Mistakes should never occur. However, they do. Some mistakes are minor in nature while others turn deadly. Never events are errors that should never happen, according to the Patient Safety Network.

A never event is a mistake that never should happen if all personnel is paying attention and doing their jobs properly. Essentially, these mistakes are avoidable. They are things that occur due to negligence. They may include incidents such as leaving an object in a patient during surgery, serious injury while in a care setting, patient dumping and loss of a blood sample. Never events may also include criminal activity, such as sexual assault of a patient under care.

On the upside, never events rarely occur. Even so, when one does occur, it is devastating. Many states require mandatory reporting of such incidents to help track them and prevent them from occurring in the future. Facilities must figure out how to prevent an event from happening again if it experiences one. Many times, the cause is a major safety issue requiring immediate attention.

However, the best way to prevent never events is for healthcare personnel to stay focused on the job. Accountability is essential. Each facility must maintain high standards to avoid issues that are completely avoidable. This information is for educational use only. It is not legal advice.