We’ve all heard of cases where surgeons have operated on the wrong leg or the wrong part of the patient. It is a fear many of us have when we go in for surgery. How big is the risk?
Researchers in Massachusetts studied 2,826, 367 operations performed in 30 hospitals between 1985 and 2004. They found 40 cases where doctors had operated on the wrong limb or organ.
They found that 62%
of cases of wrong-site surgery could have
been prevented if proper procedures had been followed.