The horrific stories of patients going in for surgery on one part of their body, only to have another part operated on, is on the rise. A recent article in USA Today. The horrors include mistakingly removing wrong limbs or organs, slicing into the wrong side of the body, or performing surgery on the wrong patients. A study published in the Archives of Surgery found the events on the rise, and although rare, is unacceptable.
Another facet to the problem is the fact that some hospitals don't report any of these types of events. Some states require their hospitals to report any such event. Other states do not require public disclosure of the mistakes.