Joint Commission Issues New Information on Wrong Site Surgeries

The Joint Commission estimates that wrong site surgeries occur 40 times per week, on average, in the United States. That means that forty patients endure a surgery on the wrong part of their body, suffer through the wrong surgery on the correct part of their body, or have the surgery intended for another patient.

When the Joint Commission Wants to Catch Mistakes

The problems of wrong site surgeries in New York and across the country are both significant and preventable. Over the summer, the Joint Commission released its Targeted Solutions Tool which is designed to provide simple instructions to medical personnel to avoid wrong site surgeries at three critical junctures:
  • At scheduling: it is estimated that 39% of wrong site surgery errors occur during scheduling when incorrect information is entered into the patient's record.
  • During pre-op: missing documentation and inconsistent or ineffective means of marking the surgical site contribute to errors during pre-op.
  • In the operating room: lack of follow-through with time out procedures can lead to mistakes being made in the operating room.

Data is expected to be released within the next few months that show whether the compliance rate with the Joint Commission's Targeted Solutions Tool can be maintained at 90% or higher, because without compliance the Targeted Solutions Tool will be ineffective. The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York is one of the facilities testing the new procedures.

When to Contact a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you have been the victim of a wrong site surgery in New York, you may have the right to recover damages for your injuries. Please contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney today at 1-800-PAGAN-911. Our compassionate New York City medical malpractice lawyers are committed to fighting for your full and fair recovery.