Study Focuses on the Prevalence of Medical Mistakes and Lack of Transparency in Healthcare

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has brought to light the lack of transparency regarding deadly mistakes in the medical field. The author contrasts the critical response of errors in aviation, which involve a thorough federal investigation and enhanced safety measures, with the mediocre response of medical mistakes.

Medical mistakes, including those caused by nursing home neglect, go largely unnoticed despite the fact that they take lives on a daily basis. Experts have suggested making medical facilities more transparent about their safety records and more accountable for the quality of their care will reduce the number of serious injuries and death's occurring due to medical mistakes.

The article mentions that medical errors are the sixth leading cause of death in America. Unfortunately, the culture of the medical field encourages others to turn their heads when colleagues make mistakes. We have often reported on nursing homes employees punished for being "whistle blowers" after reporting facility neglect or abuse.
The author suggests several ways health care facilities can improve the quality of care and reduce the number of common medical mistakes. In order to earn patient trust, the health care facilities certainly need to shift the focus from covering their mistakes, to acknowledging them and learning from them. 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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