Patients in Mississippi go to see their doctors because they believe that doing so is the best way to ensure they recover from what’s wrong with them. While that’s usually true, there are sadly too many cases where turning to a doctor may subject a patient to even worse conditions then when they first walked into the office.
One recent study found that in the surgical world, some 4,000 plus errors happen each year which result in more than $1 billion in medical malpractice payouts. The saddest part of the news is how easily such errors can be prevented. Every single incident was caused by a human, not the result of a tragic illness. Things like leaving a sponge inside a patient’s body or operating on the wrong part of the body may sound like tabloid fiction, but unfortunately happen almost every day, maybe even more often than that.
Statistics show that every week a doctor leaves a foreign object inside a patient’s body almost 40 times. The wrong body part is operated on 20 times and the wrong procedure is performed 20 times. Such errors are not only financially costly, but physically devastating. Nearly seven percent of cases result in death. Temporary injury occurs in 60 percent of cases while permanent injury occurs in 30 percent of such cases.