It's devastating for the patient and for our staff," said HealthEast Medical Director Robert Beck, M.D.
Beck is the medical director for all of HealthEast's Hospitals, including St. John's in Maplewood, Minn., where the operation took place.
said any one of the operating room staff could have spoken up and prevented the error.
"Over time people can get a little lax and we think that's probably what had happened," Beck
In reviewing this case, Beck
said every person in that operating room did exactly what they were supposed to do according to safety procedures.
And yet, he
said, they didn't take those procedures seriously enough.
"In this particular case, obviously, that process broke down," Beck
Five weeks after the mistake, the patient now faces the fusion of his
attorney said it's a reminder to double-check every detail.