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Recent Study Reveals Shocking Surgery Stats

January 30, 2013 by Parrish Law Firm, PLLC

A study published in the journal Surgery analyzing medical malpractice claims revealed shocking statistics about surgical errors, reports Futurity.org. According to the study, surgeons make thousands of serious errors every year during operations. Here are some of the findings:

The Statistics

  • Leaving a sponge or towel in the body after surgery- 40 patients per week.
  • Performing surgery on the wrong side of the body- 20 patients per week.
  • Performing the wrong operation- 20 patients per week.
  • Number of incidents that occur each year: over 4,000
  • Estimated number of incidents that have occurred from 1990-2010: 80,000

Consequences of surgical errors

  • 9,744 paid malpractice judgments and claims over 20 years.
  • $1.3 billion worth of total payments.
  • Death in 6.6% of patients.
  • Permanent injury in 32.9% of patients.
  • Temporary injury in 59.2% of patients.

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