According to a recent report from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut hospitals reported a record number of patients who were seriously injured or killed as a result of hospital errors in 2013. Not surprisingly, some of the largest hospitals in the states reported the most medical errors, including:
- Yale-New Haven Hospital with 94;
- Hartford Hospital with 68;
- Saint Francis Hospital with 48;
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center with 33; and
- Bridgeport Hospital with 23.
New Milford Hospital had the highest medical error rate with 78.6 adverse events per 100,000 patients days. Danbury Hospital had the next highest medical error rate with 62.8 adverse events per 100,000 patient days. According to the report, adverse events are defined as incidents where a patient dies or is injured as the result of medical intervention, rather than the underlying medical condition. There were a variety of causes that contributed to adverse events, including:
- Patients harmed by foreign objects left in the body, 25, including sponges, drain tips, and clamps;
- Patients harmed by perforations during medical procedures, 79;
- Slip-and-fall accidents at hospitals, 90;
- Surgeries on the wrong site, 13; and
- Medication errors, 6.
Common Causes of Hospital Errors Resulting in Injuries and Fatalities
For the most part, hospitals, doctors, staff, and other medical providers do a terrific job of providing treatment and services to patients. Unfortunately, however, medical errors still occur and they occur far too often. And when they occur, they can result in serious injuries or fatalities to patients. Common causes of medical errors include:
- Misinterpretation of diagnostic and radiological tests;
- Medication errors, including wrong medication or incorrect dosage;
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Surgery on the wrong body part or on the wrong patient;
- Hospital-acquired infection; and
- Failure to provide appropriate follow-up care.
It is important to reach out to an experienced medical error attorney if you believe that you may be the victim of a medical error.
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