Three Botched Brain Surgeries in Same Hospital Indicates Systems Failure


It is hard to believe this actually happened, I know, but in a Rhode Island hospital, there have been three botched brain surgeries in the last ten months in which the physician operated on the wrong side of the brain! In two cases, the doctors did not realize the errors until after they had opened the skull. This is not just rotten luck: this is evidence of a significant systems failure in that hospital.

We, as Georgia citizens, can only hope we would be better served by our hospitals and our physicians, and that the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners would be more diligent in weeding out incompetent doctors. We place our lives and the lives of our loved ones in the hands of these physicians and we expect some minimum level of competence, which clearly is absent if the physician operates on the wrong side of the body.

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