State Medical Errors Report Shows Bed Sores and Surgeries on Wrong Body Parts Still Common

The Department of Health in one state has just released its 2011 Medical Errors Report. The annual report brings together information from state hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics, and birthing centers. Of the 107 medical errors reported by the facilities, bed sores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores and decubitus ulcers) and surgeries on the wrong body part made up more than half of the incidents cited in the report.

The prevalence of bed sores has increased to the highest number of occurrences in six years. Additionally, eighteen patients in fifteen hospitals and three surgery centers experienced surgery performed on the wrong body part. The report also detailed 28 adverse events, including falls, medication errors, and crimes committed at the facilities. Roughly one in three facilities reported the occurrence of at least one medical error in 2011.  On a positive note, the report revealed a decrease in the number of foreign objects being left inside patients and the number of falls resulting in serious injury or death. For more, read the story

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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