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Surgical errors no longer easily available to the public


People in Boston who try to gather information about a surgeon before trusting them with their health and the health of a loved one often use various sources to do so. Because such mistakes as surgical equipment left inside a patient can lead to worsened condition and serious injury, it's important that patients know who they have working on them beforehand.

Since surgeon malpractice can have consequences that are so serious, people who are doing due diligence will want to have options when learning about prospective doctors and hospitals. Those who sought information as to the history of the medical facilities and doctors they planned to use for surgery once had the option of searching the CMS website. They no longer have that choice with the changes that have been made. Whereas the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) once provided information on conditions that were caused by hospitals and doctors, they are no longer doing so. The CMS had removed the data on various "hospital acquired conditions" (HACs) a year ago, but it was still available for researchers and those who could find the information.

This information has now been removed altogether even though people would like ly want to know about mistakes such as objects left inside a patient, mistakes that reportedly happened 6,000 times in one year.

When a person allows a doctor to perform surgery, that person is putting his or her entire future in the doctor's hands. There are dangers for any form of surgery, but when a doctor makes a mistake it can lead to long-term damage or even death. There are times when a doctor is performing a surgical procedure that he or she is not qualified to perform. In other instances, the doctor made surgical errors and left surgical equipment inside a patient or even operated on the wrong body part. People who have been harmed due to a doctor's mistake need to understand how to be compensated for what happened.

Source: USA Today, "Feds stop public disclosure of many serious hospital errors," Jayne O'Donnell, Aug. 6, 2014

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