Since early in this century, the U.S. Government has
been tracking the incidence of what they call “Never Events”. “Never Events” are shocking medical errors – medical malpractice – that should never occur – and that often have catastrophic consequences for the patient involved.
The term “Never Event” was first introduced by Ken Kizer MD in 2001. Since that time the list has been greatly expanded to include six categories of medical malpractice events: surgical, product or device, patient protection, care management, environmental, and criminal.