The very nature of surgery is risky without taking into account the possibility of surgical errors and/or medical negligence. The consequences of which can be very difficult for victims to cope with. Whether the consequences are physical, financial, emotional, or a combination, they can permanently affect a person's well-being.
Sadly, many of these errors are ultimately shown to have been preventable which can make matters even more upsetting for patients. Learning that a surgeon, nurse or anesthesiologist was careless or negligent in a patient's care can send the message that they simply don't value that person's health as much as they should. Now hospitals are starting to recognize the extent to which these errors affect patients -- and a facility's bottom line -- and are taking steps to prevent them.