Hospital errors can be devastating to a patient at a Boston hospital. There are many types of hospital errors including nursing malpractice, failure to monitor a change in condition, and failure to diagnose a treatable condition such as cancer. Each of these mistakes can dramatically change the course of a patient's life and cause severe personal injuries or even death.
Medical errors are frequently devastating to patient families and preventable. Hospital errors occur in some of the most well regarded medical centers around the country and even the most competent physicians can make a mistake that forever alters the life of a patient and his or her family.
There are many contributing factors that determine whether a patient will be readmitted to a Boston hospital. Although the patient's particular medical situation is one of the most crucial factors in a patient's readmission, other factors such as medical malpractice can also impact readmissions. There are studies which indicate that readmissions and increased hospital times may impact the likelihood that a patient will be a victim of medical negligence so readmission is not desirable for many patients.
We have discussed several disturbing studies into hospital errors in previous posts. Hospital errors are just one type of medical malpractice that a Boston resident may encounter, but hospital errors are among the most frequent and serious mistakes. The frequency of hospital malpractice caused the World Health Organization to announce that medical malpractice is so rampant that going to the hospital is riskier than flying.
Medical malpractice is a devastating event for many Boston families, but some families are not allowed to seek redress for their love one's suffering because of an antiquated legal rule that blocks medical malpractice lawsuits against military hospitals. Currently military hospitals are shielded from malpractice suits under the Feres Doctrine.
That Boston hospital visit this month may be more dangerous than you think. A paper published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine has supported the longstanding speculation that the "July effect" is real. The "July effect" is the phenomenon of increased hospital patient deaths in July.
Medical malpractice impacts Boston residents regardless of occupation or income level. Even veterans in the Boston area are injured from hospital negligence and recently released statistics from the Veterans' Administration reveal the extent of malpractice litigation against the local VA Medical Center.
A young couple wanted to have a house full of children, but after two miscarriages their dream seemed unlikely.
In response to last week's report regarding the shocking error rate at U.S. hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will launch a new national program targeted at preventing hospital negligence injuries. The Agency expects that the program will save 63,000 patients' lives and $35 billion in health care costs in the next three years, ABC News reports.
Noted bioethicist and lawyer Lori Andrews recently addressed medical malpractice issues in the inaugural Cathy Shine Lecture at Boston University's School of Public Health. Andrews said that the secret of the health care system was that many patients die from easily preventable medical errors.