Study Finds Two Cost Effective Techniques for Reducing Medical Mistakes

When patients require surgery, doctors and medical staff are required to follow certain procedures to prevent mistakes from causing harmful medical errors. Yet each year, thousands of medical mistakes occur that leave patients suffering from debilitating injuries.

Such accidents can often be prevented by utilizing two cost-effective methods, according to a new study from the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The study was published in the recent issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and examined how effective surgical checklists combined with communication training can be in preventing medical mistakes.

The study concluded surgical teams that implemented both the communications training and surgical checklists only had 8.2 percent of procedures result in complications within 30 days of the procedure being performed. Injuries increased the less the techniques were utilized, with approximately 16 percent of procedures led to complications within 30 days when surgical teams only had communication training. Furthermore, when surgical teams did not use either safeguard, more than 23 percent of the procedures resulted in complications.

The findings could correlate with lower risks and costs of Medical Malpractice claims for doctors who utilize the system.

The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm hopes the study’s findings will prompt hospitals to consider adopting the system to prevent botched surgeries and other medical errors from occurring in the future.