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Posted by Guy DiMartino | Apr 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Stuart-Port St. Lucie, Florida medical malpractice lawyer discusses the two things that should never happen to a patient during surgery.

In medicine there are two things that should never happen in surgery: (1) leaving a foreign object in the patient, whether it be a sponge, towel, gauze or instrument; and (2) wrong site surgery, which means performing the wrong procedure or performing a procedure on the wrong side of the body.


Johns Hopkins University Researchers recently published an article in the medical journal Surgery that outlined the following:

  • 39 times a week a surgeon leaves a foreign object in a patient
  • 20 times a week a surgeon performs the wrong surgical procedure
  • 20 times a week a surgeon performs surgery on the wrong body part
  • Between 1990 & 2010 there were 80,000 of these so-called “never events” in US Hospitals

One of the researchers acknowledged that there are medical events that cannot be prevented; however, leaving a foreign object in a patient, performing the wrong surgical procedure or performing surgery on the wrong side of the body or wrong site are totally preventable.  NO EXCUSES.   Any way you slice it – this is medical malpractice.


I believe these events are under-reported.  Most of the time, the problem comes to the surface because of an acute infection or something else; however, there are many patients that leave the hospital with a foreign body in them and feel unwell for months or years before the problem is found.  These events are just not reported.

If you have any questions about a claim because a surgeon has left a foreign body in you or performed a wrong site surgery, give me a call at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the Internet consultation form on the right.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and lifes passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a ...


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