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Wrong-site craniotomy

Robert R. Cima

injury was the sort that would not occur unless someone was negligent. For the majority of these wrong-side surgeries, this is an incorrect view. However, hospitals, physicians, and insurers are often quick to negotiate away these errors to avoid publicity or jury verdicts with restrictions preventing the public release of information. This leads to a lack of understanding regarding the many potential causes of these wrong-side surgeries, which could be used to educate providers and improve systems in the hope of avoiding repetition of these errors in other patients

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Fred. L. Cohen, Daniel Mendelsohn and Mark Bernstein

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