Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys Announce Medical Never Events

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

The National Quality Forum is a nonprofit health care safety agency created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting. The NQF has created a list of so-called “never events”, a list of 28 avoidable errors that should never happen. The list included the following events, injuries, conditions or infections:
 
  1. Surgery on the wrong body part.
  2. Surgery on the wrong patient.
  3. Wrong surgical procedure performed on a patient.
  4. Object left in patient after surgery.
  5. Death of a patient who had been generally healthy during or immediately after surgery for a localized problem.
  6. Patient death or serious disability associated with the use of contaminated drugs, devices or biologics.
  7. Patient death or serious disability associated with the misuse or malfunction of a device.
  8. Patient death or serious disability associated with intravascuar air embolism.
  9. Infant discharged to wrong person
  10. Patient death or serious disability associated with patient disappearing for more than four hours.
  11. Patient suicide or attempted suicide resulting in serious disability.
  12. Patient death or serious disability associated with a medication error.
  13. Patient death or serious disability associated with transfusion of blood or blood product of the wrong type.
  14. Maternal death or serious disability associated with labor or delivery in a low-risk pregnancy.
  15. Patient death or serious disability associated with the onset of hypoglycemia, a drop in blood sugar.
  16. Death or serious disability associated with failure to identify and treat hyperbilirubinemia, a blood abnormality, in newborns.
  17. Severe pressure ulcers acquired in the hospital
  18. Patient death or serious disability due to spinal manipulative therapy.
  19. Patient death or serious disability associated with electric shock.
  20. Any incident in which a line designated for oxygen or other gas to be delivered to a patient contains the wrong gas or is contaminated by toxic substances.
  21. Patient death or serious disability associated with a burn in the hospital.
  22. Patient death associated with a fall suffered in the hospital.
  23. Patient death or serious disability associated with the use of restraints or bedrails.
  24. Any instance of care ordered by or provided by someone impersonating a physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare provider.
  25. Abduction of a patient.
  26. Sexual assault upon a patient.
  27. Death or significant injury of a patient or staff member resulting from a physical assault in the hospital.
  28. Artificial insemination with the wrong donor sperm or donor egg.
These incidents are examples of medical malpractice or medical negligence. According to the National Institute of Medicine at least 44,000 and as many as 98,000 people die each year in hospitals as a result of avoidable medical errors. Even using the lower of those estimates, that means that preventable medical errors in hospitals cause more deaths than car accidents, breast cancer and AIDS.

 

Recovering compensation for your family if you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice is complex and involves a web of statutes and regulations designed to protect doctors, nurses and hospitals from accountability for mistakes. If you or a loved one has been the victim of any of the above examples of medical malpractice or any other medical negligence, call CGWC for a free consultation.