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Hospitals Not Safer – Medical Malpractice Still Common in Florida, U.S.

Hospitals have made no progess in improving patient safety this decade. In November, 2010, the first large study on hospital safety since 1999 concluded that patient injuries are common and hospitals have failed to reduce their frequency. The most common medical injuries stem from infections, drug complications and surgical injuries.

The 1999 study found that medical malpractice kills about 98,000 people and injures more than 1 million people every year in the United States alone. While those numbers are certainly alarming, they are also likely accurate. The group conducting the study was an independent body not subject to biases regarding the subject of medical malpractice injuries in our country.

The 1999 study sparked a nationwide effort to improve hospital safety. Unfortunately, that effort has failed. According to experts, that failure was not a surprise because hospitals fail to use proven measures to reduce injuries. Experts say that hospitals know how to prevent mistakes, but they just don’t implement the steps.

To compound the bad news, experts report that the number of medical injuries is vastly underestimated because recording and reporting medical errors is entirely voluntary. That means that we do not know of all the medical errors and injuries that occur and therefore cannot learn from them.

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