Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Why Selecting the Right Hospital MattersJuly 11, 2016
When it comes to choosing a hospital, a new study suggests that the decision could be a matter of life or death. While this sounds a bit extreme, a report from the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score update showed that, depending on what hospital a patient is in, their risk of avoidable death is 50 percent higher in certain hospitals, compared to others.
The hospitals studied received a rating of A, B, C, D, or F. Of the 2,571 hospitals analyzed, 798 received an A rating, 639 received a B rating, 957 earned a C rating, 162 earned a D rating, and 15 earned an F rating. The risk of avoidable deaths compared to the hospitals with an A rating are as follows:
- Nine percent higher in B hospitals
- Thirty-five percent higher in C hospitals
- Fifty percent higher in D and F hospitals
According to Matt Austin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, approximately 206,021 avoidable fatalities take place each year across the country. Of those, 162,117 occur in B, C, D, and F-rated hospitals. This translates into close to 33,439 lives that could be saved if all hospitals were performing at the level of the A-rated hospitals.
An example of what could go wrong in a poorly rated hospital is exemplified in the case of a Pennsylvania man who died of severe injuries from a condition doctors failed to assess properly. The patient initially went to the hospital because he was suffering from constipation and abdominal pain. The CT scan allegedly revealed signs of a hernia, but the doctors did not diagnose the problem for months during a number of repeat visits by the patient.
Five months after his initial visit, the patient lost 80 pounds and was still suffering from extreme pain and discomfort. Because he was never properly diagnosed, the condition eventually progressed to septic shock and organ failure, which proved to be fatal. According to the complaint, because his condition was allowed to go undiagnosed and untreated for so long, he suffered prolonged, extreme pain for a condition that is simple to diagnose, treatable, and correctable.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Medical Negligence
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a misdiagnosis or any other negligent treatment at a hospital, you are urged to contact the Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our experienced, compassionate team is committed to securing the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. We will not stop until justice has been served. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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