- About half of all surgeries involve some kind of medication error or unintended drug side effects, if a new study done at one of America’s most prestigious academic medical centers is any indication.
- Anesthesiology department at Massachusetts General Hospital who observed 277 procedures there, is startlingly high compared with those in the few earlier studies.
- More than one-third of the observed errors led to some kind of harm to the patient.
- "In the operating room things happen very rapidly, and patients' conditions change quickly, so we don’t have time to go through that whole process,
- "Patients don’t need to go into surgery thinking that they’re going to have lasting permanent harm every second operation," Nanji said.
- In about one-fifth of the problems, adverse drug reactions were considered unavoidable—for example, . . .
These are apparently just the ANESTHIA errors at a MAJOR institution.
Wonder how many SURGICAL errors at a NORMAL hospital?
Perhaps 80% of surgeries?
- Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Atul Gawande
- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Atul Gawande