Hospitals Still Not Reporting Serious Errors

Posted on Aug 12, 2009

NATIONWIDE REPORTING SYSTEM OF SERIOUS MEDICAL ERRORS STILL NOT IN PLACE

In November of 1999, 22 leading medical experts wrote a report called "To Err Is Human" and called upon the medical world to develop a nationwide reporting system of serious medical errors.  These experts agreed that procedures could be put in place at hospitals to minimize the chance for serious medical errors.  They also agreed that it was advisable for the public to know about unsafe conditions at their hospitals.

Ten years later, these recommendations have largely been ignored.  The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association vigorously opposed an attempt by President Bill Clinto to require hospitals to make public serious errors that occurred in their institutions.  These two groups launched a mult-million dollar campaign against this proposal.

Instead, nothing much has changed.  It is estimated that death from preventable medical injuries and infections is close to 200,000 a year.

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