400+ Florida doctors disciplined for wrong site mistakes

400+ Florida doctors disciplined for wrong site mistakes

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tonight at ABC Action News i-team investigation now has the state's top doctors responding the problem why hundreds of patients in Florida are undergoing surgeries to the wrong side of their bodies discovered dozens of doctors being disciplined each year and now the state's medical board is eager to end it all we want to head out live to i-team investigator Katie LaGrone now with an update to her exclusive investigation Katie yeah Laura paw last year alone 23 doctors were disciplined
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for what's known as wrong site surgeries and while none of these incidents involved any deadly outcomes the state's top doctors fear a catastrophic incident is now just a matter of time compress all the time like it was my fault like I choose that surgeon they are snapshot of Florida patients living with the results of wrong way surgeries and not very rare a stent placed in the wrong part of Judy woods artery left this Lakeland grandmother wheelchair-bound it's
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horrible this mom described the moment she learned a naples doctor improperly removed a portion of her son's testicle this is what I was afraid of like reliving everything's considered a wrong site Florida's top doctors call it a statewide problem there's no one in that room that said this is something we're not concerned about we all have great concern we were in Orlando on a special committee tasked with finding ways to stop wrong site surgeries laid out the raw numbers that show between 2004 in 2015 more than 400 Florida doctors have been disciplined for wrong site
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surgeries nearly two dozen doctors face consequences last year alone the numbers tell me that that we can we continue to have issues related to the improper use of time out known as the time out rule it requires every member of a procedure team from the doctor to the nurse pause immediately before procedure this ensures they're working on the correct patient the correct body part and performing the correct procedure according to the state while a pause was done in the majority of wrong site surgery is reviewed only one in five
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were done correctly and the vast majority of cases resulted in discipline only to the doctor and not other members of the surgical team in booty nurses maybe it's the captain of the ship doctrine but I think one of the issues we're going to bring forward is that that everybody in that room is accountable before another patient ends up paying the ultimate price if it continues that's going to happen sooner or later and of those cases reviewed
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only about 5% also resulted in discipline to the nurses now one additional note Loren Paul the committee studying this issue believes the incidents the frequency of wrong site surgery mistakes in our state is actually higher than what any of these discipline numbers show live in Tampa I'm i-team investigator Katie LaGrone taking action for you

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