Health providers use malpractice suits to improve safety
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that there is a potential public health benefit to medical malpractice lawsuits: Better healthcare and improved patient safety.
Doctors, hospitals and other medical providers reportedly are using data and lessons from thousands of past malpractice suits to learn the most common reasons they're getting slapped with such claims — and then making changes to better care for patients, and to lower the chances of getting sued in the future.
A new report in the Wall Street Journal about the malpractice mining method comes on the heels of a recent study in the journal BMJ that found that medical errors were likely the third leading cause of death in the United States, with an estimated whopping 251,000 fatalities from such mistakes in 2013.
The report noted that a leading physician-owned malpractice insurer, has in recent years conducted dozens of studies of more than 10,000 medical malpractice lawsuits. The data dug up from those cases has been provided to doctors and hospitals for use in detecting "emerging concerns and [to] share tips for avoiding common pitfalls."
The article points out that a common dangerous emergency can arise during vaginal deliveries, especially with larger babies. After the baby’s head emerges, the shoulders can get stuck inside the mother’s body. Known as shoulder dystocia, it can cause damage to the brachial plexus, the nerves around the baby’s shoulder, and was one of the most common injuries alleged in 882 obstetrics claims from 2007 to 2014.
Read the article at http://www.wsj.com/articles/clues-to-better-health-care-from-old-malpractice-lawsuits-1462813546
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