The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare estimated that wrong-site surgery errors occurred about 40 times a week in 2011. This type of surgical error should never occur because it is 100 percent preventable. The president of the commission related that wrong-site surgeries are "relatively rare events... difficult to study. (T)here is usually no single root cause of failure...such events are frequently the cascade of small errors." This is no comfort to those who are the victim of a wrong-site surgery.
When a person or a person's loved one requires a surgical procedure in Fulton County, the procedure itself and the issue it's designed to correct are usually the main focus. However, there are other factors that must be considered when a surgical procedure is planned and underway. The number of people who are negatively affected by medical professional negligence is high and can lead to injury, death and significantly higher medical expenses. These mistakes happen frequently and wind up costing massive amounts in insurance and liability payments as well as harming patients.
Patients in Georgia face many risks when they have surgery. Risks during surgical procedures include infections, having objects left inside or surgical errors such as operating on the wrong part of the body. Surgery mistakes can be devastating for patients and their families, and it appears that a new type of surgical error is putting patient's lives at risk.
While angioplasty is referred to as an elective surgery, it is a serious procedure that often needs to be performed in a large hospital. Previously, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology have recommended that angioplasty patients go to larger hospitals in case something goes wrong during the angioplasty. This recommendation was due to the fact that larger hospitals often had a heart surgery center on site that could help in the event of a surgical error. This recommendation effectively ruled out many small hospitals in rural areas for some patients.