Increasingly, more and more people in Arizona are scheduled for surgeries at outpatient surgery centers, facilities that have become increasingly popular over the last ten years. While most will be able to use such centers without issue, some may be seriously injured or die as a result of complications from surgery, infections and surgical errors occurring.
Wrong-site surgical errors in Arizona medical facilities are preventable, and it is important for those who perform such surgeries to recognize the impact an error can make on both the patient and on those involved. While a patient may deal with life-changing challenges in extreme cases, a health care facility and the team involved in a wrong-site surgery could face such professional consequences in resulting medical malpractice actions. As providers have become more transparent in reporting such errors, numbers have climbed. However, professional organizations have contributed to developing strategies for preventing such errors from being committed.
Statistics indicate that medical errors occur at an alarming rate in the United States. Various studies reveal that up to 187,000 deaths and more than 6 million injuries occur annually because of medical errors. Surgical errors are the second-leading cause of these problems. Wrong-site surgery falls into this category.
No one is perfect, but Arizona patients don't like to consider that medical staff can make mistakes. Though there are many procedures in place to reduce the risk of surgical errors, including years of training and education, mistakes do occur. In a case involving a woman in another state, one medical expert is saying that "rookie" errors led to months of severe pain and suffering for the patient.