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Patients Have New System for Reporting Mistakes

By Alpert Schreyer on March 21, 2013

Maryland Medical Malpractice ReportingThe Obama Administration wants patients to have a better method of reporting unsafe practices and medical errors by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals, and other medical care providers.

As reported in The New York Times, in spite of possible financial consequences for poor performance, hospitals say they are receptive to the idea. The government’s purpose is patient safety. Medical errors too often go unreported and patients could have valuable information that may expose the reasons why medical mistakes such as wrong-body-part or wrong-patient surgeries, radiation errors and anesthesia mistakes occur. These and other medical mistakes cause thousands of infections, illnesses, and injuries each year.

Vice president of the American Hospital Association (AHA), Nancy E. Foster, commends the proposal saying it has merit and is welcome. In a draft of the questionnaire patients will be asked to complete, patients are asked the name and address of the health care provider who was involved in the medical mistake. Patients are asked their permission to share the information they provide with health care providers so that patient safety can be improved and health care providers can learn from their mistakes.

Director of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy is seeking approval from the White House for the prototype medical error reporting system. The purpose of the system is to discover information through questions such as the following:

  • What are the details of the medical error—what happened?
  • If the patient was harmed, what type of harm was done?
  • What were the contributing factors?
  • Did the health care provider fail to communicate properly with the patient and his or her family?
  • Was insufficient time spent with the patient? etc.

The Maryland hospital error lawyers at Alpert Schreyer want you to know if you have suffered due to a hospital’s mistakes, our medical malpractice attorneys can use their years of accumulated experience to help you secure compensation for your illness or injury. Call us at (844) 632-7274 for a free case consultation to help you determine the right course of action.

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