“American hospitals are capable of great medical feats, but they are also plagued by daily errors that cost lives.” So begins a recent article by the AARP, titled Hospitals May Be the Worst Place to Stay When You’re Sick.
The AARP reports several statistics that may be shocking to those who don’t deal with these issues, day in and day out. For example:
? Each year as many as 100,000 American die in hospitals from preventable medical mistakes
? A report on Medicare patients released in January found that hospital staffs don’t report 86% of harms done to patients
? An HHS study found that 1 in 7 patients suffered serious or long term injuries, or died as a result of hospital care
? 44% of the problems are preventable
? The patients who die each year from preventable hospital errors equal four full jumbo jets crashing each week
If you suspect that you or a loved one are the victim of this type of medical negligence, please call me to discuss. 314-721-8833 or 800-557-8176 or view my website STLMedicalMalpractice.com.