Hospital Mistakes Increase Nationwide

Donald Saiontz

By Donald Saiontz
Posted May 12, 2007


According to a study released last month, hospital mistakes increased by three percent from 2003 to 2005 across the United States.  Despite advances in medical treatment and care, errors and mistakes continue to increase at many facilities.  However, the large differences between the quality of care at top and bottom hospitals, demonstrates that exercising vigilance and due care could prevent most of these hospital mistakes.

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The report was published by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings company, which reviewed the records of over 40 million Medicare patients at nearly 5,000 hospitals.  Researchers found that patient safety incidents occurred approximately 2.86 percent of the time. 

Some of the more common hospital mistakes seen included bedsores, misdiagnosis and surgical errors.  The report indicates that there were nearly a quarter of a million deaths which could have been prevented. 

One of the biggest concerns about the study was the large gap between the nations best and worst hospitals.  The top rated medical centers had 40% lower rates of medical mistakes than the bottom rated hospitals.  Researchers estimated that if all hospitals performed at the level of the top rated medical centers, over 34,000 deaths could have been prevented during the three year period.


The medical malpractice lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. investigate potential lawsuits for hospital mistakes nationwide to determine if an injury could have been prevented with the exercise of proper standards of medical care.  If you, a friend or family member believe you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, request a free claim evaluation.  There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.


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