Surgeons make thousands of errors every year

Published on December 21, 2012 at 4:47 AM · No Comments

So-called 'never events' happen more than 4,000 times a year, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers. Another report finds health care workers just as likely as people they treat to be overweight, avoid the dentist, get sunburned and not wear seatbelts.

The Wall Street Journal: Surgeons Make Thousands Of Errors
They are known as "never events"-;the kind of mistake that should never happen in medicine, like operating on the wrong patient or sewing someone up with a sponge still inside-;yet new research suggests that they happen with alarming frequency. Surgeons make such mistakes more than 4,000 times a year in the U.S., according to a study led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, published online in the journal Surgery (Landro, 12/19).

Reuters: Do Health Care Workers Practice What They Preach?
Health care workers may not always "practice what they preach" when it comes to keeping up to date with cancer screenings, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking, a new study suggests. Researchers found people surveyed by phone who said their job involved direct patient care were just as likely to be overweight, avoid the dentist, get sunburned and not wear their seatbelt as those in other fields (Pittman, 12/19).

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