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When Medical Errors Happen, Executives Shouldn't Hide



When tragic medical mistakes harm patients, defensive attitudes and behavior can make litigation more likely and prolonged, and can add more anxiety and suffering to the affected patients and their families, says an Institute for Healthcare Improvement report.



1 comments on "When Medical Errors Happen, Executives Shouldn't Hide"
Joleen Chambers (11/3/2011 at 9:56 AM)

Hospital and healthcare leaders need to focus on the #1 expenditure of Medicare: joint replacements. The medical device INDUSTRY now enjoys entitlements such as pre-emption from state court, no warranty on product, no independent post-market data registry, VOTING stakeholder participation at FDA in opposition to NON-voting patient/consumer stakeholders, a powerful lobby and increasing market of obese baby boomers fed misleading direct-to-consumer advertisements. When devices fail, the doctors are not legally required to report, the FDA MedWatch does not prompt immediate investigation and the patient is left with few legal or medical options. This is not patient-centered HEALTHCARE.