The Joint Commission, the body that accredits hospitals, reports that wrong-site, wrong-side, and wrong-patient procedures happen at least 40 times each week in the United States.
Performing a procedure on the wrong side of a patient’s body, performing the wrong procedure, or performing the correct procedure on the wrong patient are some of the worst medical mistakes that healthcare professionals can make. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take so this doesn’t happen to you if you undergo a medical procedure.
What is a “WSPE”?
A WSPE is a procedure that’s been performed:
It can also be a procedure that’s performed:
Of these types of mistakes, wrong-side/wrong-site surgery happen most frequently; however, wrong-side anesthetic procedures also happen. And cases continue to occur outside the operating room (OR) in nearly all areas of health care. These WSPE errors might be the result of different causes, but they frequently have a root error pathology related to ambiguous and imprecise identification. This is usually based on communication breakdowns or lack of safety systems that could’ve prevented such errors.
How Can I Prevent a WSPE?
To help from receiving the wrong surgery, follow these guidelines:
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There are few medical errors that are as devastating as those of patients who have undergone surgery on the wrong body part, undergone the incorrect procedure, or had a procedure that was ordered for another patient. We can help.
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