Rhode Island Hospital has been cited for a THIRD incident this year for performing brain surgery on the wrong side of a patient’s brain. Two of the victims survived, one did not.
According to Yahoo News, the hospital is reviewing its policies and training of doctors. This is a disturbing trend, and one that indicates significant problems with this hospital.
One question that jumps to my mind is this, “How many other hospitals or clinics have this same problem?” Also, I wonder about the victims. What about the man or woman that had a hole drilled into the wrong side of his or her brain? What damage has been done? What are their rights?
In these cases, is it fair to say to the person with lifetime disability that their pain and suffering is worth only $250,000.00. What will that be when he is 60 years old?
What is being done to protect the public? There are no signs posted at the hospital entrance that state “We operated on the wrong side of a person’s brain three times this year.” Doctors don’t tell patients when they are being evaluated that they have made these mistakes repeatedly in the last year. Consumers of medical care cannot protect themselves from this shoddy care. Imagine, your brain surgeon telling you this before you have surgery, would you still let him do the procedure or have the procedure at that hospital? I believe the answer is no.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.