Never Events in the NHS

02 March 2017

By Medical Negligence Solicitor Daniel Comerford

Never Events are preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if all proper procedures are followed. From a medical negligence claim perspective, Never Events are largely indefensible.

Never Events include incidents such as:

  • Wrong site surgery
  • Retained surgical instruments
  • Misplacement of naso-gastric tubes

Although these events should not happen, recently published data from the NHS shows that, between 1 April 2016 and 31 October 2016, a total of 233 Never Events occurred. These included:

  • 85 instances of wrong site surgery
  • 60 instances of retained foreign objects post-surgery
  • 32 instances of the wrong implant/prosthesis being used
  • 29 instances of wrong route administration of medication
  • 14 instances of misplaced naso or oro gastric tubes
  • 3 instances of overdose of methotrexate for non-cancer treatment

The NHS publish provisional Never Events data every month.

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