Breaking the Silence: Why It’s Important to Report Medical Mistakes

04/08/2014 // Jonathan C. Reiter (Press Release) // Jonathan C Reiter // (press release)
Improving the safety of patients in various healthcare settings has been stated as a key focus of recent initiatives enacted by the Obama administration. Included on the list of these initiatives is the push to get more consumers to report medical errors and unsafe practices by healthcare providers.

New System for Patients to Report Medical Mistakes

“Federal officials say that medical mistakes often go unreported, and that patients have potentially useful information that could expose reasons for drug mix-ups, surgery on the wrong body part, radiation overdoses and myriad other problems that cause injuries, infections and tens of thousands of deaths each year.”

For more information about reporting medical mistakes, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/health/new-system-for-patients-to-report-medical-mistakes.html.

Prescribing the wrong medication, providing an inaccurate diagnosis, failing to diagnose a serious condition, misreading lab reports, and surgical errors are examples of the most commonly reported medical mistakes that affect thousands of patients in the U.S. each year.

A number of healthcare advocates and legal experts agree that error reporting can go a long way towards improving the safety of patients in hospitals, doctor’s offices, surgery centers, and other healthcare settings. According to The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter, medical professionals have long feared the legal ramifications of encouraging patients to report medical mistakes; however, doing so is key to prevention.

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors

“One in seven Medicare patients in hospitals experience a medical error… Most errors result from problems created by today’s complex health care system. But errors also happen when doctors and patients have problems communicating.”

For more information about medical errors, please visit http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/care-planning/errors/20tips/index.html.

Those who have been injured by a medical mistake have the option of filing a report with the hospital or health care facility where they received the treatment. Efforts by government advocates and others have led to many hospitals implementing systems for reporting and analysis on a broad scale. Another avenue is to contact a medical malpractice attorney who can help file a claim for compensation. Medical malpractice claims help ensure that hospitals or others at fault for a patient’s medical injury are directly held accountable, which in many cases deters them from engaging in further negligence or misconduct.

The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter is available to help New York patients injured by a medical mistake understand their rights under the law. Individuals who have questions about what to do in the event that they have been injured as a result of a hospital error or other type medical mistake can contact the firm today for a free case review.

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