95% of all medical malpractice is caused by less that 1% of doctors. This has recently been highlighted by a hospital in Rohde Island where doctors for the third time this year operated on the wrong side of a patient’s head.
The hospital said it was re-evaluating its training and policies, and providing more oversight; giving nursing staff the power to ensure procedures are followed, but is this enough?
The most recent case happened November 23, 2007 when the chief resident started operating on the wrong side of an 82-year-old patient’s brain.
In February, a different doctor performed neurosurgery on the wrong side of another patient’s head.
In August, a patient died a few weeks after a third doctor operated on the wrong side of his brain.
What can be going on in that Hospital?
The hospital is owned by Lifespan, a not-for-profit corporation. It serves as a teaching hospital for Brown University.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.