Category Archives: Never Events

Frivolous lawsuits – are they real?

Recently a person who I don’t know (I will call him Bill) emailed me this link to a 2003 Newsweek article called “Lawsuit Hell”. Essentially the article recounts many instances of lawsuits and how they’ve changed people’s behavior. The site … Continue reading

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Fatal blood clots

Nearly a third of the people who get blood clots die as a result. This situation typically occurs when a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, where it interferes with circulation to the lungs. The tissue below … Continue reading

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No reimbursement for never events

You find out three weeks after being discharged from the hospital that a sponge was left in your abdomen during surgery. As of October 2008, the Untied States government through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, took a position … Continue reading

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What are never events?

Ken Kizer, a physician and former chief operating officer of the National Quality Forum, coined the term “Never Events”. These are particularly shocking medical errors, like operating on the wrong patient, that should never happen. The NQF defined 27 such … Continue reading

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