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US NewsNHS Blunders Saw 621 Patients With Wrong Body Parts Amputated, Surgical Tools Left Inside Them, And Other 'Never Events'

13:40  16 september  2019
13:40  16 september  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Other potentially deadly mistakes have included patients being given the wrong dose of chemotherapy and patients Included in this number were 420 cases where patients were left with ‘foreign objects’ inside them , 400 Included categories on the NHS ‘ never events ’ list 2015/6. 1. Wrong site surgery .

Medical errors so serious they should never happen are a daily occurrence, according to latest Bungling docs have operated on the wrong body parts , mixed up organs and left surgical tools There were 437 so-called “ never events ” logged at NHS trusts in the 11 months between last April

NHS Blunders Saw 621 Patients With Wrong Body Parts Amputated, Surgical Tools Left Inside Them, And Other 'Never Events' © ake1150sb via Getty Images One patient had the wrong toe amputated (file picture)

Hundreds of patients have suffered due to NHS blunders so serious they should never happen, new data shows.

Some 621 “never events” occurred in NHS hospitals between April 2018 and July this year - the equivalent of nine patients every week, according to data obtained by PA news agency.

The figures show doctors have operated on the wrong body parts and left surgical tools (including surgical gloves, chest drains and drill bits) inside patients many times over.

One patient had the wrong toe amputated, while another had the wrong part of their colon removed.

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Surgeons call them 'nevers' because they 're mistakes they should NEVER make: like More Than a Dozen Times a Day, Doctors Sew Up Patients with Sponges and Other Supplies NHS Blunders : Hundreds of Patients Have Medical Instruments Left Inside Them or Surgery on Wrong Body Part

Inserting the wrong lens during a cataract operation was the most common Never Event blunder committed by the health service in 2016/17 – the They include operating on the wrong body parts , mixing up organs and leaving surgical tools inside patients . Such incident have even led to deaths

Two men were mistakenly circumcised, while a woman had a lump removed from the wrong breast and two others had a biopsy taken from their cervix rather than their colon.

A further six women had ovaries removed in error during hysterectomies, plunging them into menopause.

Professor Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said such mistakes are “exceptionally traumatic for patients” while the Patients Association described them as “devastating”.

Earlier this year, an exclusive HuffPost UK report revealed that the NHS has spent £17 million dealing with hundreds of cases where patients have had the wrong part of their body operated on.

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The new figures revealed how several patients had procedures intended for someone else, including colonoscopies, lumbar punctures and laser eye surgery.

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Seventy people had surgery on the wrong part of their body while 161 foreign objects were left inside patients after an operation, government data The Government has published new data showing the number of NHS ' never events ' reported over the last two years with the vast majority of them being

Around a third of ‘ never events ’ occur when doctors and theatre nurses leave swabs, sponges or even surgical instruments inside patients during NHS England rightly points out they represent a fraction of the 4.6 million surgical procedures carried out each year and that blunders only occur in one in 20

Other potentially fatal mistakes included patients being given ordinary air rather than pure oxygen, and people falling from poorly secured windows.

Some patients were given overdoses of drugs including insulin, while others had feeding tubes misplaced and put into their airways.

Medics also transfused the wrong type of blood to six patients, while 52 people had the wrong teeth taken out.

Overall, 270 incidents related to wrong site surgery, while 127 were “foreign objects” left inside people after operations, including specimen bags, needles and swabs.

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Barts Health NHS Trust in London had the most errors, with 17 never events over the period, including eight cases of wrong site surgery.

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SHOCKING blunders by the NHS have left scores of patients maimed, injured or poisoned this year, damning figures show. The toll of negligent errors in just six months has seen almost 150 patients harmed by incidents which include having swabs, needles and medical equipment left inside them

Surgical tools inside patients a staggering number of times, NHS data reveals. Catastrophic hospital blunders deemed so serious that they should never take place are happening to Never events represent a fraction of the 4.6 million surgical procedures carried out each year and only

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust had the next highest with 13, followed by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which had 12 each.

Professor Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “While these cases are very rare, never should mean never.

“Never events are exceptionally traumatic for patients and their families.

“They can also be devastating for the surgeons and healthcare staff involved.

NHS Blunders Saw 621 Patients With Wrong Body Parts Amputated, Surgical Tools Left Inside Them, And Other 'Never Events' © Getty

“NHS staff are there to care for patients, so knowing you have caused harm is incredibly distressing.

“It is vital that all theatre staff use, and are involved in, the World Health Organisation pre- and post-operative checklist process, as these have been designed to help prevent serious incidents.

“It is also important that the NHS continues to promote a culture of openness and transparency, both in terms of publishing surgeons’ outcomes and the number of ‘never events’ that, sadly, occur.

“This will allow surgical teams to admit mistakes and learn from them, so that hopefully they do not happen again.”

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Scalpels left inside bodies , wrong organs removed and patients falling out of windows: The 1 Six patients a week are falling victim to so-called ‘ never event ’ errors. Include surgeons operating on the wrong body parts , muddling up organs and leaving scalpel blades or other instruments inside

Docs operating on the wrong body parts and other blunders that should ‘ never ’ happen now DAILY occurrence in NHS . And 23 were left with surgical tools or instruments in their bodies . Dr Mike Durkin, NHS national director of patient safety, said such events were extremely rare given millions

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “Wrong site surgery incidents are preventable safety instances that can have devastating consequences for the patient and their family.

“People who suffer harm because of mistakes can suffer serious physical and psychological effects for the rest of their lives, and that should never happen to anyone who seeks treatment from the NHS.

“Each incident of this nature puts patients at avoidable risk of harm.

“Although the NHS is under significant pressure, these incidents should not occur if the available preventative measures are implemented.”

An NHS spokeswoman said: “The NHS cares for over half a billion patients a year and, while incidents like these are thankfully extremely rare, it is vital that when they do happen hospitals investigate, learn and act to minimise risks.

“The patient safety strategy published in July gives NHS staff even more support to do their job and includes a new education programme and a world leading incident reporting system to reduce the risks of human error.”

A report on errors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last December found that never events continue to happen “despite the hard work and efforts of frontline staff”.

It added: “Staff are struggling to cope with large volumes of safety guidance, they have little time and space to implement guidance effectively, and the systems and processes around them are not always supportive.

“Where staff are trying to implement guidance, they are often doing this on top of a demanding and busy role that makes it difficult to give the work the time it requires.”

The latest data cannot be compared with previous years due to changes in how never events are recorded.

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