A study finds U.S. hospitals make thousands of errors
A recent study claims there are 4,000 surgical errors each year in U.S. hospitals. They range from leaving a sponge to operating on the wrong patient.
Experts recommend doctors make a pre-op checklist like a pilot uses a pre-flight checklist.
"Who is the patient? Does the patient understand why they are there and the procedure and understand the procedure they are having?"
KTRH medical expert Dr. Joe Galati says he uses a pre-op checklist.
"From when the patient checks in, to when they're in the pre-op area, to when they're actually in the operating room. These are all being checked and check and checked time and time again."
Dr. Galati says the study should point out surgery is much safer now than in decades past.