Beth Israel erred in 3 spinal operations
Vertebrae mix-ups spur new procedures
By Liz Kowalczyk
Globe Staff / December 24, 2010
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Surgeons at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center operated on the wrong location on three patients who underwent spine surgery since September, despite taking recommended steps to prevent such errors, prompting federal and state health inspectors to cite the hospital for problems in its surgical service.
In all three cases, the surgeons apparently miscounted the patient’s vertebrae and operated on a vertebra directly above or below the diseased segment, said Dr. Kenneth Sands, senior vice president of health care quality at the Boston hospital.
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Surprising. But mistakes do happen. While they didn’t kill anyone, clearly they “harmed” the patients involved.
I wonder with Obamacare: (1) How many good docs will stop working leaving us worse off. (2) I’d expect medical “blunders” to increase as the profit motive shifts. (3) And, now that the Gooferment is “in the game”, who will keep “honest stats”?
“We, The Sheeple” have been fooled again.
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