Surgical Errors in Military Hospitals are rampant. 50% of the military’s largest hospitals failed to meet established surgical safety benchmarks according to a review from the American College of Surgeons. The ACS compared each hospital with an expected rate of surgical complications based on the procedures it performed and the type of patients served from July 2012 to June 2013. The study found that half of the military’s largest hospitals fell below the expected rate of complications in areas such as infections or improperly done procedures. Four of the military’s busiest hospitals have performed poorly in the category of surgical complications for several years running.
Some of the military hospitals with the highest rates of surgical complications include:
Madigan Army Medical Center
San Antonio Military Medical Center
Naval Medical Center San Diego
Mike O’Callaghan Federal Med. Center
Portsmouth Naval Hospital
Womack Army Medical Center
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
Evans Army Community Hospital
Surgical complications sometimes arise in the absence of negligence, but some serious complications can and should be prevented. Preventable complications can include infections, performing the wrong surgical procedure, performing the procedure incorrectly or on the wrong body part, performing an unnecessary surgery, severing a nerve or artery that should be spared during a procedure, damaging a patient’s spinal cord, failing to respond post-surgically to pressure on the spinal cord causing cauda equina syndrome, and many other complications. Surgical complications occur outside of the military medical system as well. If you or a loved one has suffered a bad outcome from a surgery in a hospital that you suspect may be due to hospital negligence, consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer today. If you or a loved one suffered a bad surgical outcome due to negligence at a military hospital, make sure to consult with a lawyer experienced in FTCA cases as well as medical malpractice cases.