A recent study suggests surgery patients should be less afraid of the knife and more afraid of what’s inside the syringe.

First covered by the Washington Post, researchers in the latest article of Anesthesiology report finding medication related errors in nearly fifty percent of surgeries.  Mislabeled syringes most commonly led to the mistakes.  Among those mistakenly administered drugs: Propofol, Fentanyl, Phenylephrine. While the study, conducted from 2013-2014, uncovered no deaths from the mistakes, at least three patients suffered life-threatening injuries.

While patients may be surprised to learn the frequency of errors, physicians anticipated that the number of mistake was higher than previously reported. “There was not a lot of surprise because everybody knew the self-reported error rates were too low,” said lead author Karen C. Nanji, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

While it’s up to doctors and regulators to cure the flow of these mistakes, plaintiffs’ attorneys are here to advocate for those injured as a result of physician errors.  If you or a family member have been the victim of a medical mistake, call the lawyers at Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone for your free consultation.