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Report reveals many harmful and common hospital errors

Hospital negligence and medical malpractice in hospitals hurt patients and their families across the country. A recent report reveals that nationwide more than 325,000 patients die every year as a result of hospital and medical professional errors, many of which could have been prevented.

The Partnership for Patients revealed that nine common problems plague America’s health care system when it comes to medical malpractice; among them are bedsores, falls, adverse medication events, and several forms of infections.

Many of these events are preventable and can be reduced in number with some simple preparation and training on the part of hospitals. Now that medical errors leading to fatality are the third leading cause of death in the country, according to a 2013 study, hospitals must take more responsibility in evaluating risks and determining how accidents and adverse events can be prevented.

Bedsores and failure to treat infections are especially alarming, since hospitals and staff should have procedures in place to both limit their occurrence and manage them immediately. Medication errors, too, are largely preventable. Inability to read doctor handwriting, doctors hurrying through prescription writing, or failing to take into account possible medication interactions can have devastating consequences.

It is difficult enough for South Carolina families, and those elsewhere, to handle the stress and tension of a relative who has gone through an accident or been admitted to the hospital. It’s even harder to comprehend when their loved one has passed away as a result of doctor error or other medical malpractice, knowing that the death could have been prevented with proper precaution.

Victims of medical malpractice, as well as their loved ones, have certain rights to obtain justice under South Carolina law. It can be important to seek legal guidance to ensure that you understand these rights.

Source: Fierce Healthcare, “CA Senator demands hospitals reduce rampant medical errors,” Zack Budryk, April 28, 2014

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