Doctor mistakenly amputate wrong toe

Doctor mistakenly amputate wrong toe
Published: 2016 June 01 08:18:13 (7487 Views)
A doctor cut the wrong toe off a patient during surgery at Colchester General Hospital, Essex.

It was just one of eight so-called 'never events' recorded at the hospital for 2015/6.

Three of the errors involved surgeons leaving foreign objects in patients' bodies after their ops.

A report, including the case of the wrong toe being amputated, will be presented to the region's clinical commissioning board during a meeting.

The report states: 'Four of the confirmed never events met the criteria of wrong site surgery.'

This means the wrong part of a patient was operated on.



The report does not state whether the error was picked up before or after surgery began.

Three of the remaining four events involved leaving foreign objects in bodies after operations.

On two occasions, gauze was left in patients and on another a connector from a removed implant.

The eighth incident involved a misplaced tube in the respiratory rather than gastrointestinal tract.

The report claims root causes included failing to follow safety check and counting procedures, unclear clinical notes, the surgical skin marker rubbing off, poor communication and results being read incorrectly by the surgeon.

The report claimed this is the most never events on record in a year, but it is not the most errors that have occurred in the hospital over a year.

A hospital spokesman said, 'The trust is working hard to ensure it embeds learning from never events, serious incidents and complaints throughout the organisation for the benefit of patients in the future.'



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