Hospital Safety Report

As New Yorkers we always assume that our city has the best of everything, but a recent study by Consumer Reports revealed that this might not be the case when it comes to healthcare.

This study reported that the five worst hospitals in the nation are in the New York Metropolitan area. Coming on the heels of reports about the malpractice epidemic at Brookdale Hospital one thing is clear: New York Hospitals need to prioritize patient safety.

Two of the four criteria used by Consumer Reports in ranking hospital safety dealt with communicating information and instructions.

In our practice we have seen the serious consequences of poor communication by medical personnel. Communication failures, like not noting or relating test results in a timely fashion or failing to order timely follow up testing, can have catastrophic results.

Medical errors are so prevalent that a recent government study showed that 1 in 7 hospital patients experience a medical error and that 44% of those errors are preventable.

What can patients do to protect themselves? Asking for a copy of test results and questioning your doctor about the results is one way to insure you are getting the care and attention you need. Another is to ask questions about any new treatment or medication. Knowing what is being ordered and why is an important step to making certain you are safe from medication errors.

Whether it is in the hospital or your doctor’s office,  good communication is crucial to your safety as a patient.

If you have questions about Hospital Safety, Contact Medlaw1 for a free consultation today.


One Comment

  1. NJ March 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

    You are absolutely right. I brought my son to the ER a few years ago because he was having bad stomach pain and the hospital ordered a CAT scan. They gave him liquid contrast to drink (he was 8 years old) then when they brought him for the test the guy giving the test never asked what he had been given and never read his record before injecting his IV with an adult dose of contrast.

    When they realized the error two different doctors in the ER lied to me and my wife about it, and it was only when a resident told us what happened that we got the truth about why they were giving him a ton of fluids and said they had to keep him for observation. We were very lucky that our son did not sustain permanent kidney damage, but it made me very afraid of how careless doctors are about communicating.

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