Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Are lawyers the cause of med-mal problem? Surgical Team Removes Wrong Side of Child's Skull

Are lawyers the cause of med-mal problem? A surgical team at Children's Hospital of Orange County, Calif., broke medical guidelines by cutting into the wrong side of child's skull during a procedure to remove a tumor, according to investigative records. A state agency found that the team did not take required "time out" to verify the correct site to cut; did not mark the child's skull in pre-op procedures; did not note the error in the child's medical records; and that the team moved the operating table to make room for another team member and then became "disoriented." Orange County Register, 03/29/2006

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