Researchers from the medical school at Johns Hopkins University estimated that each year, surgeons in the United States allow about 4000 cases of negligence.
In order to make this calculation, they appealed to the National Practitioner Data Bank with the request to provide information for the period from 1990 to 2010, regarding the cases of medical negligence, which resulted in compensation payments to patients. Negligence was considered the cases where surgeons were forgotten in the patient's body any subject or did an operation on the wrong body, and operated on the wrong patient.
The results of such negligence was: in 59% of cases, these were temporary injury, and in 6.6% of cases it has led to a lethal outcome.
In addition, the calculations showed shocking facts. It turns out that American doctors 39 times in one week to forget foreign objects in the body of the patient, in 20 cases per week they are doing the wrong operation, that is necessary, or perform the operation on a healthy body. Thus, surgeons in the United States annually admit 4000 cases such inexcusable negligence, but for20-year period, which was considered by the researchers, was recorded 10 000 such cases, and they were paid more than 1.3 billion dollars as compensation for the damage caused.
According to experts, in the reality of such cases is much greater, they are simply not subject to such registration and publicity. Such cases are caused by doctors aged 40-49 years who has made over 30% of all errors. Doctors older than 60 years and more attentive: they accounted for 14% of all errors.
That is why, in all the hospitals before surgery are checking medical records and plans relating to the transaction, mark the parts of the body of the patient by a special marker, and before and after surgery, consider the number of medical instruments. But, despite precautions, such errors still occur.