Placing the surgeon and surgical staff on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island is reporting a wrong-site or wrong-side surgery during oral surgery. It makes me wonder if these types of mistakes, as common as they are, have to do with tort reforms being added to the hurdles patients must straddle to successfully litigate for a favorable verdict. After getting so many breaks a professional begins to expect he or she is invincible or untouchable.
This is an example of what I meant this morning by tort reform increasing the number of personal injury claims. I think doctors are overworked and that hospital systems put too much emphasis on brick and mortar projects rather than patient safety training programs.