Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying. Once the news sinks in and a course of treatment has been prescribed and chosen, a person trusts the medical professionals to perform their jobs. In a recent case in California, surgical errors resulted in mistakes that could have been avoided.
A man was diagnosed with colon cancer and was scheduled for surgery at Madera Community Hospital. According to the patient's colonoscopy, there was a tumor located on the left side of his colon. The surgeon at Madera operated on the right side. The error appears to have occurred because the hospital apparently failed to verify the proper surgical location. The surgeon reportedly did not review the patient's test results and medical records prior to surgery.