Preventable hospital errors on the decline

Florida residents might be interested to learn about a federal report analyzing data on preventable hospital errors. According to the report that was released on Dec. 2, there was a 17 percent decline seen in the occurrence of preventable hospital errors between 2010 and 2013. Thanks to the improvement in hospital safety, $12 billion less was spent on health care, and there were 50,000 fewer deaths.

The writers of the report admitted that the reasons for the decline in medical malpractice were not exactly clear. However, they did point out a few factors that may have contributed to the decline. Improvements in technical help, penalties imposed by the Affordable Care Act and public reporting of medical errors were listed as possible motivating factors.

A spokesperson for the American Association for Physician Leadership commented that the U.S. health care system must strive for greater improvement. Even with the recent decline in preventable hospital errors, one in every 10 patients in the hospital still suffers as a result of a preventable error. Some of the hospital-acquired conditions that were analyzed in the report included adverse reactions to drugs, surgical site infections and bloodstream infections.

A patient who has contracted an infection in the hospital or suffered from another hospital-acquired condition may have a case for filing a medical malpractice claim. Because there is a statute of limitations to file this kind of claim, a patient may want to begin working with an attorney as soon as possible. Some patients who have been injured in the hospital may be able to pursue compensation for their extra medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, among other damages.

SourceCBS News, “U.S. hospitals making fewer deadly errors, study finds“, December 02, 2014