7 Never Event Categories in Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is a very complex area of personal injury law. Patients with injuries that occur due to preventable medical errors and other types of negligence may be eligible to receive compensation from their medical provider, but it must be proven. One type of medical malpractice error that is more straightforward is the “Never Event.” These are medical errors that have been designated as events that should never occur during medical care.
In 2002, Ken Kizer, MD, former CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), released a list of what he referred to as “Never Events” of medical malpractice. These were egregious errors that are shocking and completely preventable, like wrong-site amputations. Over the years, the list has grown to include many identifiable, measurable and serious medical errors, which have been broken down into seven categories. When these events occur, a personal injury lawyer like Dwayne L. Brown should be retained to investigate the case and determine if the victim should receive compensation.
Surgical or Procedural Errors
Surgical errors were among the egregious events that were on Dr. Kizer’s first Never Event list. These are unimaginable errors that can result in life-changing injuries to the patient. These include wrong site or patient procedures, which should never occur. It also includes foreign objects left inside the patient, which occurs much more often than it should.
Criminal Acts Against Patients
Individuals impersonating medical professionals that cause injury to patients should be preventable. Any criminal act such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse of patients in a healthcare facility is intolerable.
Medical Devices and Products
How medical devices and products are used in a healthcare setting is highly regulated. When a patient is harmed due to devices used improperly or for other than the intended purpose, it can be categorized as a Never Event. This includes contaminated medications or devices that cause death or injury.
Patients deserve the best possible care from their doctors, nurses, aids and pharmacists. Preventing injuries like falls, pressure ulcers and childbirth deaths in low-risk pregnancies should be expected. Medication errors also fall under this category, including wrong drugs, dosage, patient and preparation of all types of medications within pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Patients should be protected while under the care of medical staff, even from themselves. Suicide or attempted suicide while being cared for in a medical facility should never occur. Patients should also only be released to an authorized individual if they are physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves.
Medical environments should not be a source of injury, but where injuries are treated. When a patient sustains a burn or is injured due to poorly maintained bedrails or other devices within the facility, it is not acceptable. The same is true for electric shocks, as well as poorly maintained flooring or oxygen lines that can cause injury or death.
Imaging is vital for diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions, but it should be performed safely. Radiologic injuries that occur due to a metal object in an MRI session are preventable and should never occur.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Georgia and Alabama
Dwayne L. Brown and his associates are your source for compassionate, experienced legal assistance if you experience a medical malpractice injury or loss of a loved one. When a “Never Event” occurs, it is always recommended to seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney like Dwayne L. Brown that can evaluate your claim. Our offices in Atlanta, GA and Montgomery, AL welcome your call if you suspect that an injury or death was caused by medical malpractice – the consultation is free and you never pay us a dime unless we win compensation for your claim.
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