The UK’s National Health Services (NHS) will publish quarterly lists of “never events”—so-called because they should never happen. The admission came as part of a response to a freedom of information request from Health Service Journal, which sought a list of serious, largely preventable incidents that jeopardise patients health and life. Examples include “foreign objects” such as surgical instruments or swabs being left inside patients’ bodies, patients being fitted with the wrong implant, and surgery on the wrong body part or the wrong person.
NHS England has collected the data from hospital trusts since the start of the 2013-14 financial year. There were 299 such events last year, nearly double that in 2011-12.
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