Although several New York hospitals and medical facilities take pains to maintain safe environments and procedures for their patients, errors can be made. Mistakes such as wrong-site surgeries are commonly referred to as "never events," or incidents that should not occur. Even when they do, however, patients are not always made immediately aware of them.
Doctors, traditionally fearful of facing medical malpractice lawsuits, have not always been forthcoming with patients about their errors. In some cases, the patient may not know that an error even occurred. A new study, however, shows that more doctors are accepting their responsibility and disclosing medical errors to their patients. The study also found that only three percent of physicians failed to disclose these types of mistakes to their patients.