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Surgical Errors Continue Despite Protocols
New York Times

Despite a requirement that hospitals abide by a standard set of procedures to prevent surgical mistakes like operating on the wrong patient or the wrong body part, such errors continue to occur far too often, researchers are reporting.

In the worst case reported, a chest tube was inserted into the wrong lung — the healthy one — and it collapsed, killing the patient. In other cases, surgeons removed a healthy ovary, operated on the wrong side of the brain, fused the wrong vertebrae and did procedures on the wrong eye, knee, foot, elbow and hand.