It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but wrong-sided surgery happens more often than you think.
Concerns about surgeons operating on the wrong part of the body made headlines this week after The Providence Journal reported that on three separate occasions this year, surgeons at Rhode Island Hospital operated on the wrong side of a patient's head. The most recent case happened last Friday, when the chief resident started to cut on the head of an 82-year-old patient. The resident, a doctor in the seventh year of specialty training, realized the error before reaching the skull and closed the wound with a single stitch. The procedure was done on the correct side, "with good results," according to a statement from the hospital, which was fined $50,000 by the state health department.