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State report finds increase in hospital errors in 2013


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 11, 2015 in Medical Malpractice

Residents of the state of Connecticut rely upon hospitals located through the state to provide medical care when necessary. A report recently released however indicates that these hospitals have room for improvement.

The report, which was conducted by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, found that there was an increase in hospital errors in 2013. It found that the number of “adverse events that were reported as occurring in state hospitals in 2013 rose to over 500. This is a marked increase over the number reported in 2012. That year 244 such errors were reported.

The nature of those errors varied and among other things included patients harmed by:

  • Foreign objects left in their bodies following surgical procedures.
  • Perforations during surgical procedures.
  • Medication mistakes.
  • Falls.
  • Wrong site surgeries.

Errors of this nature could inflict further harm upon a patient and in some cases could even result in death.

The reason for the dramatic increase between 2012 and 2013 is not clear. It is important to note however that the medical mistakes are self reported by hospitals.

It is also important for patients who are injured as a result of medical negligence to recognize that while they may not be able to undo the harm that was inflicted, they could have legal options. A successful medical malpractice lawsuit could result in financial compensation to those individuals for their injuries. Financial compensation could help to relieve extra stress and strain that accompanies recovering from a traumatic medical event.

These cases are almost always complex. For that reason the sooner one contacts a medical malpractice lawyer to get things going, the better.

Source: Middletown Press, “Connecticut hospital reports of surgical, medication errors climb", Lisa Chedekel, Jan. 6, 2015