When Hospitals Make the Same Medical Mistake Twice

05/13/2014 // Jonathan C. Reiter (Press Release) // Jonathan C. Reiter // (press release)
Everyday many patients in U.S. hospitals are injured due to preventable errors made by those charged with their care. In some hospitals, these issues are addressed promptly, with quality controls being implemented in the aftermath to prevent a similar occurrence. Others, however, fail in this regard and don’t acknowledge the wrongdoing of negligent medical care providers. Their oversight opens the door to a Pandora’s box of repeat medical errors that lead to thousands of patient injuries and deaths each year.

Medical errors in the USA: human or systemic?

“In the April [2011] issue of Health Affairs, David Classen reports that as many as one in three patients in the USA encounters a medical error during a hospital stay. The most common are medication errors, followed by surgical errors, procedure errors, and nosocomial infections.”

For more information about medical errors in the USA, please visit http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2960520-5/fulltext.

Many solutions have been proposed to reduce the high rates at which patients sustain hospital acquired injury caused by hospital negligence annually, but even when strides are made in some areas, repetitive medical mistakes remain an issue. From misdiagnosing a serious condition to administering an overdose of medication, the repetition of similar errors in US hospitals has continued to be a major concern to patient advocates.

US Hospitals Repeat Same Medication Errors: Report

“While US hospitals and health systems are doing a better job of reporting medication mistakes, they continue to make the same errors over and over, according to findings released Monday by the US Pharmacopeia (USP), a national standards-setting organization.”

For more information about the report on hospital medication errors in the US, please visit http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?29803-US-Hospitals-Repeat-Same-Medication-Errors-Report.

Legal advocates who specialize in medical malpractice law play a vital role in ensuring that hospitals are held accountable for their mistakes. Their efforts often lead to the enforcement of measures that provide better protection for patients from serious injury due to repeated hospital errors.

The New York malpractice attorneys of The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter have for years helped the cause by offering strong legal representation for clients with hospital malpractice claims. Patients who have suffered an injury as a result of a hospital medical error can contact the law firm today for a free assessment of their legal options.

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