Some of the scariest types of medical errors occur during surgery for Florida patients. These are wrong-procedure, wrong-site and wrong-patient errors. These occurrences, while rare, are an indication of serious safety issues in a medical facility and are often referred to as "never" events because the errors should never happen.
A wrong-procedure error occurs when a patient goes in for surgery but the procedure that the surgeon completes is not the one that is planned. With a wrong-site error, a surgeon operates on the wrong area of a patient;, with a surgeon operating on the wrong part of the spine being one example. A wrong-patient error happens when a surgeon completes a procedure on a patient for whom the procedure was not intended, possibly because the patients have similar names.