Despite Improvements In Tracking Hospital Errors They Still Happen Indicates Arkansas Injury Lawyer Michael Smith
Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2014 – “It’s no secret that hospital errors have a major impact on patient heath,” remarks Arkansas medical negligence lawyer, Michael Smith. “And, while many hospitals across America today have made efforts to limit the number of errors while treating patients, the number of serious injuries or deaths continues to climb.” Recent figures indicate that more than 440,000 patients die each year.
Some medical facilities do a good job of recording their errors and instituting new safety procedures to reduce mistakes. Others seem to miss the boat and continue to make mistakes; both repeated old and new ones. This is the type of information that patients needing hospital care want to know, but frequently have no idea where to find these kinds of statistics.
Whether patients are able to find such information is a moot point, as many hospitals and those that they employ, do not record various errors, because they are viewed as not being a threat to a patient’s well being. “On the contrary,” says Smith adamantly, “all medical errors need to be recorded, as no one can know with certainty what may happen to the patient later.”
Despite the move to more technologically advanced health services for Americans today, mistakes are more rampant than ever, directly due to the complexity of the newer methods of treating individuals with modern technology. Reporting any and all errors may lead to fewer serious incidents and/or deaths, but technological mistakes and the human guilt reflex is a hard combination to beat. Many errors are subjectively assigned a not-so-serious category and go unreported.
Although strict reporting of hospital errors would likely enhance patient safety, the main difficulty in implementing such a system nationwide is the methodology used by each hospital to report what they classify as mistakes. No two hospitals have the same reporting system. “And therein lies the issue,” Smith adds. “Without consistency across the board, nothing may be adequately compared or improved upon.”
For those who have suffered as a result of a mistake made while in the hospital, speak directly to a competent medical malpractice lawyer to find out what legal rights are pertinent in such matters. Cases such as this are complex and need legal counsel to move forward effectively.
425 W. Capitol Av., Suite 3700
Little Rock, AR 72201
- Car Pedestrian Accident Leads to Death of Former Nurse
Reckless driving and DWI are to blame in an accident that killed one, injured another. “A bizarre set of circumstances has led to the death of a former nurse,” said Michael Smith, an injury and accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This was a chain reaction crash, caused by two drunk drivers, both […]
- Tangled Web of Events Leads to Death of Former Nurse in Car Pedestrian Accident – Arkansas Injury Lawyer
Car accidents happen without warning. Serious injury or death is the result in many instances. “This was an unusual case, in the sense that it was a bizarre set of circumstances that led to the death of a former nurse,” recounted Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law […]
- Hospital Errors Are a Silent Killer
There are over 200,000 deaths each year related to medical errors that go reported. “People can and do die from strokes, cancer and similar diseases,” said Michael Smith, an injury and accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas, “but we rarely hear about the silent specter of death that walks down the hallways in […]