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Report: 1 in 4 Hospital Patients Suffer Harm During Treatment

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jan 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

A recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety has found that nearly one in four hospital patients in the United States experience some form of harm during their treatment. This harm can take many forms, from medication errors to infections contracted during a hospital stay.

One of the major contributors to this high rate of harm is the complexity of the healthcare system itself. With so many different providers and facilities involved in a patient's care, it can be difficult to coordinate and communicate effectively. This can lead to mistakes, such as a patient receiving conflicting treatment or being prescribed the wrong medication.

Another major factor is the sheer number of patients that hospitals are responsible for treating. With a high patient-to-staff ratio, it can be difficult for healthcare providers to give each patient the individualized attention they need. This can result in missed diagnoses, delays in treatment, or other errors.

To address these issues, the authors of the study suggest a number of steps that hospitals can take to reduce the incidence of harm. These include implementing systems to better coordinate care, such as electronic medical records, and investing in more staff to reduce the patient-to-staff ratio. Additionally, hospitals can improve communication and education to help healthcare providers better understand the risks and identify potential errors.

It is also important for patients themselves to take an active role in their own care by asking questions, expressing concerns and following their care plans.

Overall, this study serves as a powerful reminder of the need to prioritize patient safety in the healthcare system. While there will always be risks associated with any medical treatment, it is important that hospitals and healthcare providers do everything they can to minimize the harm that patients experience during their time in the hospital.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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