A program in another state may help prevent medical malpractice

Any Arizona patient that undergoes care or treatment at a medical facility is at risk for injury. Although patients may reasonably assume that all manner of effort will be taken to keep them safe, things often go wrong and medical malpractice is frequently to blame. Another state has a tracking program that carefully documents and follows information pertaining to medical injuries, and many believe will help lower the number of malpractice incidents overall.

The tracking program documented approximately 7,000 medical-related injuries in 2016. Advocates of the program say it helps prevent future injuries by providing important information regarding medical errors that occur, why they occur and what can be done to stop them from occurring. When a patient suffers injury or illness related to medical errors, the incidents must be reported.

The special task force assigned to the tracking project obtains the recorded information and studies it to spot any trends. The group then publishes its findings in the hope of raising awareness among medical professionals and patients alike. However, not every incident is reported as it should be, as was made evident in a recent case where a 6-year-old boy died in a Pennsylvania hospital emergency room, but his death was not reported by hospital authorities until several months later.

Any Arizona resident who has suffered injury due to suspected medical malpractice may be entitled to pursue justice by filing a legal claim against any and all parties deemed responsible. The plaintiff in such cases must prove in court that a named defendant committed malpractice and is liable for documented monetary damages. Most people filing such claims turn to personal injury attorneys for assistance in building and presenting their cases.

Source: ydr.com, "Medical errors have harmed thousands in Pa. Tracking those errors is saving lives", Joel Shannon, Aug. 31, 2017

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