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How many preventable surgery mistakes happen every year? A new study says more than 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion in medical malpractice payouts, according a new study by National Practitioner Data Bank
How preventable are the surgery mistakes? Researchers call them "never events" They are called this because they are the kind of surgical mistakes that should never happen, such as: operating on the wrong body part, performing the wrong type of surgery, or leaving a medical instrument inside a patient's body after surgery.
Research estimates that 39 times each week surgeons eave a foreign object like a sponge or towel inside a patient's body after an operation
Research estimates that 20 times each week surgeons Perform the wrong procedure on a patient.
Research estimates that 20 times each week surgeons operate on the wrong body site.
From 1990 to 2010, the study, showed a total of 9,744 medical malpractice judgments and claims for these types of never events totaling $1.3 billion.
From the study, researchers estimate that 4,044 surgical never events occur each year in the U.S.