Patients in North Carolina may be surprised to learn that operating room errors, specifically wrong-site surgeries, occur. According to research on wrong-site surgeries that began in 1999, the majority of wrong-site surgical errors are preventable. The adoption of standards and protocols designed to address the leading causes of wrong-site surgery is an important step toward solving the problem according to experts.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been busy in the state of North Carolina; busy making mistakes, that is. A recent report reveals that four VA facilities in North Carolina chose to settle 29 wrongful death cases during the decade after the 9/11 attacks. Investigative reports have painted a picture of systematic medical malpractice that includes failure to diagnose, along with a variety of other concerns, at several VA facilities.