COMMENTARY

Your Malpractice Risk When Your Hospitalized Patient Has a "Never Event"

Brian W. Whitelaw, Esq.

Disclosures

February 09, 2010

In This Article

Other "Never Events"

In addition to inpatient falls, CMS has identified the following "never events":

  1. Retained foreign object after surgery

  2. Air embolism

  3. Blood incompatibility

  4. Catheter-associated urinary tract infection

  5. Deep-vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism related to hip and knee replacements

  6. Surgical site infections

  7. Stage III and IV pressure ulcers

  8. Injuries related to traumatic events, such as electric shock and burns

  9. Manifestations of poor glycemic control, including hypoglycemic coma

  10. Surgical errors, including wrong procedure, wrong body part, or wrong patient

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