The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced the results of a study that finds preventable mistakes that occur during and after surgery would save countless lives, and save approximately $1.5 billion per year.
According to the study, medical insurance companies paid 52% more for surgical patients who suffered acute respiratory distress post-surgery, and 48% more for post-surgical infections, compared to patients who did not experience those complications. In addition, the study found that nursing care associated with medical errors, including bed sores and hip fractures, caused an increase in costs of 33%.
Most stunning is the study’s finding that one of every 10 patients who died within 90 days of surgery did so as a result of medical malpractice.
Some tips to follow to avoid medical mistakes. If you have a choice in which hospital to have a procedure performed, choose one with a lot of experience with your condition. In addition, prior to surgery make sure that you, your doctor, and your surgeon are clear on exactly what procedure is going to be performed.