A report released in December 2014 has found that preventable errors in hospitals, such as drug mistakes, bed sores and infections, were reduced by 17 percent between the years of 2010 and 2013. This has resulted in about $12 billion in saved health care costs and an estimated 50,000 fewer deaths associated with errors. The benefits can be seen from California all the way to the East Coast, but the findings of the report must be delved into deeper to be fully understood.
Although a hospital stay may be necessary for planned or unexpected health care needs, the environment can be overwhelming due to the many professionals and support staff involved in your care or that of a loved one. Standards are typically implemented to ensure that all who contribute to your care are working toward the same goals. However, errors can occur for various reasons, potentially affecting the well-being of a patient. In some cases, errors or professional failures can lead to serious health consequences or even death, potentially exposing the hospital and involved staff members to the possibility of malpractice litigation.