A hospital in Washington state has had to publicly report 27 serious hospital mistakes after 20 surgeries were performed on the wrong patients last year. Washington hospitals also reported 83 incidents of severe, life-threatening pressure ulcers and 31 instances of objects being left in bodies after surgery.

When doctors at Sacred Heart Hospital in Washington operated on wrong patients twice last spring, officials discovered the mistakes were due to a backward x-ray and misidentified spinal surgery site. Since these incidents, a new policy has been implemented for x-rays to be performed and reviewed in the operating room before the procedure begins.

Although this hospital and others across the nation are creating new policies and taking extra caution to prevent medical malpractice errors, there are still far too many mistakes being made every day in hospitals and other health care centers in the United States.

If you or your loved one has suffered or died due to medical malpractice in Ohio, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today to schedule your confidential consultation.