By David Mittleman

Never Events: Medical Errors That Should Never Happen

Never events should never occur. A never event is a medical error so egregious and preventable that it should never happen, but unfortunately they do. In fact, a Johns Hopkins study found that an estimated 88,000 such events occur each year in the U.S., leading to permanent injury or death. Never events may include surgeons leaving surgical equipment inside of a patient’s body post-surgery or operating on the wrong body part. Sadly, a pregnant woman recently died after a wrong body part was removed during what should have …read more