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Number of Hospital Mistakes Could Be 10 Times Greater Than Originally Thought, Says New Study

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. Our Palm Beach medical malpractice attorneys are here to offer you a free case evaluation. 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 Related Web Resources: Medical Malpractice, Nolo Health Affairs More Blog Posts: $19.2M Florida Medical Malpractice Verdict Awarded to Family of Girl with Cerebral Palsy, Florida Injury Attorney, March 23, 2011 Florida Judge Who Intends to File West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Surgeons and Radiologist Says Sponge was Left Inside His Body, Florida Injury Attorney, September 29, 2010 Ft. Lauderdale Hospital and Orthopedic Surgeon Must Pay $2.15 Million Medical Malpractice Award to Former Teen Ballerina, Florida Injury Attorney, June 24, 2010

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