Serious errors are taking place in hospitals everywhere because charts are misread and the medical staff you expect to take care of you isn't always paying attention. And some of the mistakes were made because of pre-surgical errors in the physician's office.
A recent study, conducted through the University of Colorado in Denver, examined a compilation of insurance information from Colorado. More than 27,000 incidents were reported by 6,000 doctors between 2002 and 2008. It had been previously assumed (at least by the medical community) that these kinds of mix-ups were relatively rare, perhaps one in every 110,000 surgeries. This research, however, is proof positive that these preventable mistakes are not nearly so rare.
With approximately 234 million operations taking place annually around the globe, there is obviously a lot of surgical error, along with the resulting complications and deaths, taking place. Even one mistake is one too many when it's your life that's at stake. But if something as simple as a procedural checklist can dramatically shift the odds in your favor, then clearly it's a no-brainer, at least from your POV, to start enforcing its use.
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