January 23, 2012
New evidence from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that many hospital staff members fail to report incidences of wrongdoing. In a new report released from the office of the Inspector General, it is estimated that as many as 86 percent of these incidences go unreported.
The report shows evidence to support that many of these happenings go unreported "because of staff misconceptions about what constitutes patient harm."
The numbers were calculated during a study that examined records from nearly 1,000,000 Medicare patients who had been discharged from hospitals across the country. From that group, 785 cases were randomly selected for further evaluation. Researchers found 302 cases of patients suffering adverse events during their hospital stay. Of those cases, only 43 were reported.
Interviews with hospital staff and administrators responsible for these cases later determined that most went unreported because the staffer:
To alleviate the problem, researchers suggested that a list of reportable events be created for distribution to hospital administrators. They also recommended that those responsible for hospital reporting systems should examine and improve the system where possible.
The Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys with Cater Mario Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who has suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor or medical staff to report the event to hospital administrators as soon as possible. Contacting an attorney may also be in your best interests.