Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hospital Lapses

States rely on hospitals to report incidents that happen. According to an article from the New Haven Register, however, patient safety advocates are saying that hospitals aren't reporting all of them.

Just in Connecticut alone, surgeons operated on a wrong patient twice, and on the wrong body part 26 times since 2004.

"In the last five years, the number of reported surgical errors and injuries caused by improper care has increased, according to a report by the Connecticut Health I-Team published by the Register."

Injuries from falls, as well as serious pressure sores among bed-ridden patients are recurring problems at Connecticut hospitals.

There is always room for improvement, and with greater public awareness on the issues at hand, the expectation is that hospitals will begin to improve.

At Snyder & Wenner we strive to keep the community safe when hospital care is involved. We are patient safety advocates who represent patients who have been harmed by hospital error. If you know someone who has been seriously harmed or injured from a hospital error, please contact us. The Snyder & Wenner website can be assessed by clicking the "Patient Safety Advocates" tab above.

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