Last month the Journal, Health Affairs, published a study entitled ‘Global Trigger Tool’ Shows That Adverse Events In Hospitals May Be Ten Times Greater Than Previously Measured. The researchers stated that “reliance on voluntary hospital reporting…could lead to seriously flawed perceptions of patient safety in the United States.” The authors believe their findings may actually under report the rate of medical errors “because they rely on medical record review, which would not detect as many adverse events as direct real-time observation would.”   

According to Reuters these “errors can range from bedsores to objects left in the body after surgery to life threatening staph infections.” While not every bad outcome is the result of medical malpractice, it is important that you contact an attorney if you believe you or someone you love may have been the victim of medical negligence. At Stark & Stark we have a highly skilled team of lawyers and former health professionals available to investigate your complaints at no charge.  Please feel free to call me at 267-907-9600.