What is a Never Event?
Never events are considered extremely rare medical errors that should never happen to a patient. They include errors like:
- Surgery performed on the wrong body part
- Surgery performed on the wrong patient
- Leaving a foreign object inside a patient after surgery
- Discharging an infant to the wrong person
How Often Do Never Events Occur?
An estimated 80,000 “never events” happened between 1990 and 2010. On average, a foreign object is left in a patient 39 times per week, while a doctor operates on the wrong body part 20 times and performs the incorrect procedure 20 times per week.
Public reporting is a possible solution to reduce the frequency of these never events. If hospitals have to reveal their mistakes to the public, they tend to become more cautious. The information can also help patients make informed decisions when selecting a hospital.
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