Monday, December 17, 2007

Brain Surgery Goes Awry in R.I.

by: Michelle R. Smith (Associated Press)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One operation went awry after an experienced brain surgeon insisted to a nurse he knew what side of the head to operate on — but got it wrong.

Another time, a doctor-in-training cut into the wrong side of a patient's head after skipping a pre-op checklist. In a third case, the chief resident started brain surgery in the wrong place, and the nurse didn't stop him. (Read more here.)

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