Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Reducing Hospital ErrorsFebruary 8, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 250,000 people lose their lives each year from medical errors. As humans, we all make mistakes, including doctors. But for the victims of medical mistakes, that line of reasoning can have far-reaching consequences. To address this issue, leaders in the medical community are working towards reducing medical errors by changing the culture in hospitals and urging patients to become more involved in their own healthcare.
Dr. Michael Williams, President of the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) has made it his mission to eliminate medical errors in hospitals, including those due to infections and patient falls. Through his efforts, Dr. Williams has helped raise $4 million in funding from the state to open Texas’s first patient safety institute. Williams has reached out to people from competing hospitals in Texas in an effort to discuss the necessary culture changes that need to happen in order to reduce medical errors.
Talking about mistakes has been taboo in the medical industry, but Williams thinks this is necessary in order to learn from the mistakes and come up with productive ways to prevent them from happening again. Williams also believes that, when patients play an integral role in their health care, it can lead to improved quality of care and greater patient satisfaction.
Checklists Are Not Enough
Johns Hopkins also has a patient safety institute called the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety. They created a checklist that outlined a protocol on how to prevent bloodstream infections. According to Dr. Albert Wu, professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins, the checklist protocol helped save an estimated 1,500 lives and $100 million each year. While it was accepted that a certain percentage of patients with IV catheters would become infected, the checklist protocol helped to reduce the incidence of infection to almost zero. Even with these results, Wu said, checklists alone are not enough. Doctors must partner with the entire health care team, including patients, in order to create a culture based on honesty and safety.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims of Medical Errors
If you or a loved one has been injured or become ill as a result of a medical error, you are encouraged to contact the Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We have a proven track record of securing maximum financial compensations for clients who have been harmed by medical mistakes. To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled medical malpractice lawyers, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. After investigating your claim, our legal team will do everything in its power to win compensation for you and your loved ones.
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