In our last post, we wrote about a surgeon who operated on the wrong eye of her patient. Although the surgeon had been meeting with the patient for nearly two years prior to the surgery, once she got in the operating room, she “lost her sense of direction.” It wasn’t until she was nearly done with the surgery that she realized her mistake.
Although the story is shocking, medical malpractice is frighteningly common in New York hospitals. Many medical experts suggest that the best way for patients to ensure their health is by considering themselves valuable members on their healthcare teams. Following the steps below can help prevent unnecessary medical errors:
Read the next post to learn about the other three things patients can do to protect their rights. The post will cover suggestions regarding the consent form, initialing the surgical site and trusting your gut.
Source: CNN Health, “Patients, beware of wrong-side surgeries,” Sabriya Rice, 28 April 2011