Texas residents who have to undergo some form of surgery should be aware that wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors, or WSPEs, can occur. Individuals who are victims of such medical errors could have legal recourse.
Three companies have merged their expertise together to create a tool called InTouch Surgical. The goal is to prevent Texas residents and others from being the victim of a serious medical error. The first company is called InTouch Health, and it provides telemedicine services. It is joined by startup SafeStart Medical that aims to prevent "never events" such as wrong-site surgeries. According to SafeStart's CEO, 40 to 50 percent of serious errors begin when a surgeon and patient first meet.
One expectation that many patients have is for their surgeons and physicians to inform them about mistakes that occur during before, during and after their procedures that may affect them. Surgical errors affect many people in Austin and across the country. Surgeons, physicians, nurses and other surgical health care professionals do not always disclose their negligent actions to patients, although the law require them to.