You’ve probably read about how miscommunication in hospitals has been known to have some pretty devastating effects, but none could be worse than wrong site surgery. This term describes a problem that occurs in hospitals around the UK when poor planning, lack of due care, and bad communication result in a potentially terrible outcome for the patient. Worse case scenarios include such horrific issues such as the wrong limb being removed, serious illnesses being treated inappropriately, and incorrect blood types being administered during a transfusion. Of course, all of these could have been prevented if only the people concerned paid due care and attention to their duties. Although the wrong site surgery that has occurred in orthopaedic surgery scenarios has probably been highlighted in the news more than any other type of wrong site surgery example, it also occurs throughout the whole spectrum of surgical errors. Hospitals all over the UK have addressed these tragedies and are working together to eliminate the terrible mistakes that have led to such awful outcomes. An education program has been put in place in Canada and the results have been very promising. Certain checks should be firmly put into place to avoid such issues arising again, but there is still some way to go before we can hope to see the back of wrong site surgery.
Has this happened to you?
Have you been the victim of wrong site surgery recently, and would you like to look into claiming medical negligence financial compensation? Because if there is sufficient evidence that negligence has taken place resulting in you receiving wrong site surgery, you should call Accident Advice Helpline today. Just think about what has happened, because you have undergone considerable discomfort and pain because of someone else’s fault. As well as the personal horror of receiving incorrect medical attention, you may also be suffering from loss of earnings as a result of this mistake.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you
If this has happened to you, please pick up the phone and call our 24-hour free helpline immediately for some friendly no-obligation advice. We always operate on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis and our nationwide team of solicitors will do their utmost to help you every step of the way. We have been in the business of helping people make successful financial compensation claims for over 14 years and we’d love to help you to make that claim for medical negligence financial compensation today.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown