Preventing Medical Mistakes

As Medical Malpractice attorneys at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported, medical mistakes are becoming far too common, leading to thousands of deaths and costing billions of taxpayer dollars every year. Patients are especially at risk on Thanksgiving. A recent study revealed that medical mistakes are more likely to happen on Thanksgiving and other major holidays.

An editorial from USA Today has some answers to protect patients and prevent hospitals from profiting from failure. The report recommends that surgeons and nurses start with simple steps to prevent infections, such as making sure to put on a sterile hospital gown before inserting a central line. Other remedies, such as the increased use of electronic prescriptions and medical records, were also encouraged.

A new health law is directed at finding a way to prevent medical mistakes, by financially penalizing hospitals with the worst error rates. In addition, government run websites such as Hospital Compare can be used to help patients evaluate their local hospitals.

With 1 in every 7 Medicare patients in hospitals suffering serious medical mistakes, the time for a solution is now.

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