Despite being a rare event, wrong site surgery is the number-one operating room safety concern for 65 percent of operating room nurses in the United States, according to a new national survey conducted by Medline Industries, Inc. According to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, wrong site surgery occurs as often as 40 times per week in the U.S.! However, this number may be misleading. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, as few as 10 percent of wrong-site surgeries may be reported because of voluntary reporting policies. Wrong site surgeries include performing surgery on the wrong side or site of the body, on the wrong patient and performing the wrong surgery. There are several factors that can play a role in a wrong-site surgery, such as a data entry error, misreading medical records and failing to double-check the type of surgery to be performed as well as where on the body and for which patient. The Joint Commission’s investigation into these issues identified 29 main causes of wrong site surgeries.
At the Law Offices of Lee A. Drizin, we never want our clients to go into any type of procedure thinking the worst will happen; however, it is imperative you are prepared in the event things do not go as well as expected. A lot of fear and anxiety can be removed with the careful crafting of an estate plan which includes durable powers of attorney for health care decisions (living wills). If you are facing a medical procedure in the rapidly approaching future, please don’t hesitate to contact our Las Vegas Estate Planning Attorneys today at (702) 798-4955.