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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:39 AM

To Make Doctorsí Errors Less Common, Keep a Public Record

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-03/to-make-doctors-errors-less-common-keep-a-public-record.html



Surgeons have an encouraging term for their mistakes: ďnever events,Ē because they should never happen. Yet they do, with startling frequency.

At least 4,000 times a year in the U.S., surgeons leave a sponge or instrument inside a patient, perform an incorrect procedure, or operate on a wrong body part or even a wrong patient, according to a recent study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. That estimate is probably low, based as it is on malpractice claims, because many errors donít turn into legal actions. Some go undetected altogether.

In one in 15 cases, the mistake leads to a patientís death.

Why canít preventable mistakes be prevented? Studies have long established the value of operating-room checklists and other simple strategies such as marking the surgery site with indelible ink. Evidently, they arenít universally employed. Some surgeons may think that they take too much time, or that itís enough to rely on their own caution and competence.

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no_hypocrisy Feb 2013 #1
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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:47 AM

1. When I took torts and medical malpractice, I was told that

liability carriers were requiring hospitals and their surgeons to maintain and use checklists for all equipment, esp. the sponges, before and after surgery. Another problem of amputations of the wrong limb was "remedied" by presurgical writing on the patient "this leg, this arm", etc.

If surgeons refused to implement these safety measures, the carrier would refuse to cover the resulting malpractice.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:51 AM

2. Underreported

 

But a reasonable estimate is that medical mistakes now kill around 200,000 Americans every year. That would make them one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/opinion/more-treatment-more-mistakes.html?_r=0

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:39 AM

3. With 30 to 40 Million More People Coming Into The System As A Result Of ACA....

medical errors will only worsen. Scary!!!!!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:03 AM

4. Re title: you have to be kidding

"Keep a public record?" Seriously. The first time a doctor or medical facility makes public any treatment or procedure it performed on me I will sue its ass off. Have you ever heard of HIPPA? Look it up.

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