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Minor Medical Intervention Went Too Far South

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One man in Britain is probably desperate and in rage due to his latest medical intervention. He went to Royal Liverpool University Hospital in February, to have a minor urological procedure and woke up from anesthesia to find out he had a vasectomy, instead.

This was confirmed by the medical director of the above-mentioned institution, Dr. Peter Williams. Although hospital members unreservedly apologized to the poor man, it is hardly enough to redeem for this unplanned intervention, since male patient, whose identity hasn’t been revealed, probably will never be able to have children.

On one side, the hospital is trying to find out how exactly did this horrible “never event” occur, also trying to find some sort of a solution for this awkward situation, on the other. There is a bit of “bright” in this dark hour for anonymous patient, since vasectomy is a semi-reversible intervention, according to Houston Fertility Institute. Success rate of vasectomy reversing is around 50 percent, leaving some hope to the man in case. Also, even if vasectomy turns out to be definite for this patient, there is a procedure that might help him reproduce. This procedure implies a sperm extraction, followed by in-vitro fertilization.

When this case hits a courtroom, young man involved might be expecting to “win” a £100,000 ($170,000), which is a small compensation having in mind that there is a chance for the worst possible scenario – him never being able to reproduce.

Over the last six months of year 2013, there were 148 reported cases of medical mishaps in England, 37 of them were cases of undergoing a surgery on the wrong part of the body. One woman had her fallopian tube removed instead of her appendix.

In years 2011 and 2012, reported by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in 2013, there had been 326 medical mishaps, including cases of objects left in patients’ bodies. More than 70 patients underwent a wrong-site surgery.

Although, by percentage, wrong-site surgeries are not the most common medical mishap, but, according to the results of USA national survey, conducted by Medline Industries, Inc., it is No. 1 safety concern for 65 percent of OR nurses. According to another source of information, Joint Commission center for Transforming Healthcare, the number of wrong-site surgeries goes up to 40 per week, and this “wrong-site surgeries include performing surgery on the wrong side or site of the body, on the wrong patient and performing a wrong surgery.”

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