Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Without Autopsies, Hospitals Bury Their Mistakes

Half a century ago, autopsies would have been a routine procedure after a person died. Today, it's a different story, according to an article from ProPublica.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that autopsies are performed on five percent of patients who die in hospitals.

Even unexpected or sudden deaths do not get an autopsy. Insurers don't pay for them, and hospitals are not required to offer them. Scared that they might potentially reveal medical malpractice, doctors and facilities stray away from them.

Without autopsies, hospitals and health care facilities are able to bury their mistakes, without ever learning from them or facing consequences.

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

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