A Trial Lawyer Begs to Have Less Business
An article in today's news based on recent statistics from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the nation's leading authority on medical safety, ought to shock the conscience of even the most ardent tort "reformer."
"Two years after the Institute for Healthcare Improvement launched a campaign to reduce the thousands of deaths caused by such hospital failures as medication errors and infections, the same leaders on Tuesday launched a second phase aimed at cutting hospital-induced injuries by 5 million over the next two years.
"The non-profit institute studied injury rates at hospitals and estimated that there are 40 to 50 "incidents of harm" for every 100 patients, about 15 million harm events each year at U.S. hospitals. The injuries include everything from pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, to surgical complications and infections."
Any alleged increase in the cost of products due to the indirect costs added to a product because of litigation expenses is minimal compared to the costs associated with the expense of trying to heal patients directly injured by malpractice.
Stung by escalating malpractice insurance premiums decades ago, the anesthesiologists decided to study closed malpractice claims. This closed claims project enabled a dramatic reduction in the rates of anesthesia accidents from one per 5,000 surgeries to one in 300,000 surgeries. They decided to learn what they could from lawsuits. They learned a lot. We are all safer now.
A recent article in Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests the same course for the field of obstetrics :
"Efforts to better track quality outcomes has been initiated by the American College of Surgeons through the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists has demonstrated both dramatically improved outcomes and reduced liability costs through a concerted patient safety effort."
I repeat my offer to all readers of this blog. Work with me. Make patient care safer (send an e mail to me at keeppatientssafe AT gmail DOT com).
Join in the effort to improve patient safety. Whatever your position is on the tort system or tort reform, no one wants patients to be harmed. Let's learn what we can from whatever source we can. Let's improve patient care.
Let's make the tort system irrelevant by making it unnecessary to use it.
Let's eliminate the torts. It worked for anesthesia, reducing anesthesia accidents dramatically.
I am a trial lawyer. If you really want to hurt trial lawyers, eliminate the negligent injuries. Simple as that. I will work with you to put me out of business.
You can take away your own rights to access to the legal system after you are injured by negligent medical care if you choose. I prefer to make you safe. That is my goal: safe medical care.