When a child in Newton is set to undergo surgery, the parents are unavoidably worried about what is going to happen. While the majority of doctors and medical professionals who are involved in the procedure take great care with any surgery, they are extra careful when children are involved. However, all the caution in the world does not avoid inevitable mistakes that can happen. Surgical errors may not happen particularly often, but they are still exceedingly dangerous. One such mistake is surgical equipment left inside a patient.
The surgeon's mistake of leaving a piece of equipment in a patient is even more egregious when it happens to a child. Studies in recent years have shown that items, like sponges and other smaller instruments, can be left in a child after surgery. This is not a frequent mistake, but it can lead to extra costs of an average of up to $36,000 in extra treatment because of it. A study assessed over 1.9 million surgical records compiled over the course of 17 years looked at children who were operated on across the United States. In the study, 413 instances of surgical equipment left inside a patient were recorded. That is 0.02 percent.