We tend to think of brain surgeons as pretty intelligent people. In fact, we'll even say "Hey, it's not brain surgery!" when we're talking about something mundane we're doing in comparison. However, sometimes smart people aren't focused on the little things. As an example, if a surgeon is supposed to operate on the left side of your brain, you'd expect him to be able to tell left from right. Shockingly enough, Rhode Island Hospital had three separate instances in the span of one year where three different medical teams got this wrong.
When it happened the first time, they wrote it off as a clerical error on the part of a third-year resident who was flustered and wrote down the wrong side of the brain. Still, you'd expect there to be checks and balances on a procedure this important, and they certainly were. The doctor and nurse responsible for mangling that surgery claimed that they've never been taught how to use a checklist. I guess medical school really doesn't prepare you for everything!
Then there was a doctor with over 20 years of experience who simply didn't bother to write down which side of his patient's brain had a clot. He insisted he remembered, but was wrong and ended up operating on something that wasn't a blood clot at all.
The third and final case was perhaps the most boggling. Since Rhode Island Hospital had now suffered two significant embarrassments, they had a lot of very stringent requirements being rolled out to ensure that nobody made these mistakes again. The chief neurosurgeon and a nurse both confirmed multiple times that they'd be operating on the left side of the patient's brain. They then walked into the operating room, immediately forgot, and conducted the operation on the right side!
Needless to say, Rhode Island Hospital has been humiliated by this series of events. There are procedures that have been in place since 2003 meant to prevent any incorrect surgeries like this from happening, but
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