CHICAGO, IL – The Yale School of Medicine conducted a meta-analysis that suggests previous estimates of preventable deaths of hospitalized patients could be two to four times too high. Over the past two years, there has been an underlying trend between COVID-19 and medical malpractice claims.
Hospitals have been inundated with patients and face complications of facilities being overcrowded and leaving staff short-staffed and overworked.
Victor Bernstein, CEO of Justpoint, started the company after his mother catastrophically suffered from a medical mistake after receiving the wrong injection, resulting in her being comatose for 2 weeks.
Justpoint, artificially intelligent software that helps people find the right attorney for their claim, saw a 25% increase in medical malpractice claims being filed nationwide, according to 8 News Now.
Johns Hopkins experts have estimated more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical errors within the United States.
As the world enters the third year of the pandemic, the healthcare industry faces various ongoing challenges and shifts in the delivery of care.
Forrester, a global market research firm, identified five key predictions for 2022 in the healthcare system.
Among the predictions include labor shortages will double the medication error rate among providers. The rapid clinician turnover and burnout will undoubtedly contribute to “irreversible patient impacts” such as adverse drug reactions due to medication errors and administrative flaws. Additionally, the risk of illness and mortality among patients will rise.
Forrester also predicts healthcare will no longer be considered a trusted industry as misinformation and cyberattacks continue to threaten their livelihood. Patients will eventually avoid being treated for their conditions and clinics will be forced to close. The cyberattacks on the healthcare industry are also costly and further erode trust between doctors and patients.
The prevalence of medical malpractice continues. The University of Chicago conducted a survey regarding medical mistakes and found that 41% of Americans believe that their healthcare provider made a medical mistake when providing care to them.
An even more recent study conducted in 2020 found that serious medical occurs occur most frequently in the ICU, emergency departments, and operating rooms.
Preventing medical errors should be a high priority for anyone working in a healthcare setting, yet every year, we hear of how many people are harmed or killed from negligent care.
The estimated annual cost of measurable medical errors that harmed patients in 2018 alone was $17.1 billion dollars. Researchers noted that pressure ulcers were the most common medical error, followed by post-operative infections. Some estimates place the current annual cost as high as $29 billion.
Even more disturbing, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a national survey of doctors that one in ten reported they made a major medical error in three months prior to the survey. Physicians with burnout have more than twice the odds of self-reported medical error.
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