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Recent report highlights causes of medical errors


Any New Jersey resident who has recently spent time in a hospital is likely to notice the countless examples of new and innovative technology that serve to make patients better, and to do so in safer and faster ways than in the past. However, it is not just technology that can increase patient safety. According to a recent report, the model of care that a hospital uses can impact patients' lives.

Per a previously-published estimate, fatal medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. However, many of these mistakes are preventable. If hospitals switch to an integrative model of care, which emphasizes treating the patient as a whole and not just a specific ailment during a specific time, many of these mistakes may be prevented. Because preventable medical mistakes may result in a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is certainly in everyone's best interest for hospitals to rely upon the most patient-centered model of care.

According to the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, solving medical errors may not need to entail as much focusing on the errors themselves but rather on providing comprehensive care in the first place. Factors that may lead to hospital negligence include how incentives are offered, the focus on production rather than values, and not taking into account the entire patient when making medical decisions.

Medical negligence is a frightening thing to ponder, especially after a patient or their loved one has already been adversely affected by a medical mistake. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can be a source of information when a patient or family member has questions or concerns about hospital negligence.

Source: News-medical.net, "Medical errors may be prevented by shifting to integrative model of healthcare," Sept. 9, 2016

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