Can patients prevent wrong-site surgery?

A young cancer patient in Portland claims that a doctor operated on the wrong side of her neck, removing healthy lymph nodes and leaving her with a 7-inch scar around her neck. She had to undergo an additional surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes, doubly exposing herself to the dangers of surgery and recovery.… Learn More »

New Report on Medical Errors: Wrong-Site Surgery

Last year I posted an update on a frightening trend: surgery being performed on the wrong body part, or even on the wrong patient. Since then, an ophthalmologist here in Portland operated on the wrong eye of a 4-year-old. This should never happen: in 2004, the Joint Commission (the group that certifies health care providers)… Learn More »

Study Finds Continued High Incidence of Surgery Performed on the Wrong Patient or on the Wrong Body Part

A Colorado study published late last year found that the incidence of surgeons operating on the wrong patient or at the wrong site is still high despite national efforts to improve compliance with the Universal Protocol, which specifies preprocedure verifications, surgical markings, and a "time out" before starting surgery. Researchers found that over a six-and-half-year… Learn More »