Never Events: Not on my count

This article has also appeared on It’s a confronting term; one that engenders a profound sense of unease.  The ‘never’ conjures the unthinkable: disturbing events that just shouldn’t take place.  And in the context of medical practice, it’s wholly unnerving. Whilst it’s difficult for most of us to even begin to imagine, we are indebted to those that consider, monitor and seek to minimise what we rightly and effectively term, ‘never events.’ Though we could suggest the hard truth is that never events are impossible to make absolutely and entirely avoidable, we have every reason to strive for this, and preventative measures, reinforced by best practice, can certainly lead to… Read More →