A new study reveals some disturbing information about medical errors. According to a report in the journal Health Affairs, up to 1/3rd of people admitted to US hospitals end up becoming the victim of a medical mistake. That’s 10 times more hospital errors occurring than previously thought. In South Florida, our Miami medical malpractice lawyers represent victims injured as a result of all kinds of medical errors and we have seen the catastrophic consequences that can occur.
The study used data from a new hospital mistake tracking system to come up with its findings. Researchers looked at the records of 795 patients admitted to three US hospitals in 2004. They used a new method that involved looking for “triggers” to indicate possible problems, such as abnormal lab results or a stop order on a prescription. The team would then look to see if a medical mistake had been made.
The Global Trigger Tool found 354 adverse events occurring in 33.2% of admissions. These findings of medical mistakes are much higher than what other studies have reported.
Also according to the study:
• Medical mistakes happen in one out of every three hospital stays.
• Approximately 7% of patients affected sustain permanent injuries or die as a result.
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Examples of common hospital mistakes:
• Wrong-site surgery
• Medication mix-ups
• Anesthesia errors
• Surgical errors
• Patient neglect
• Wrong diagnosis
• Delayed diagnosis
• Birthing malpractice
• Failure to obtain informed consent
• Poor post-operative care
• Nursing errors
Medical errors in hospitals go undetected, study suggests, Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2011
Make sure hospital stay doesn’t leave you sicker, Chicago Sun-Times, April 26, 2011
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