June 2015 Archives

Some of the causes of surgical errors

A study recently released by the Mayo Clinic has shed some insight into the ways some medical errors can occur due to human behavior. The researchers studied 69 "never events", called that because they should never occur, that took place over a five-year period at the Minnesota clinic during which a total of 1.5 million surgical procedures were performed. Their analysis revealed that somewhere between four and nine human errors contributed to each mistake.

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