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Examining the inefficiencies in provider error reporting

One common theme may often hear in cases involving medical malpractice in Providence County is that plaintiffs decide to take action in order to prevent others from having to experience what they did. Many of those that we here at DeLuca & Weizenbaum LTD share those same sentiments. Yet even still, medical errors still occur, with the same ones often being repeated in certain cases. The reoccurrence of such errors may be due to inefficiencies in providers’ own internal reporting systems.

You might assume that should a medical error have been made in the past by the same doctor that is currently treating you that education had been provided and measures put in place to ensure that you are not made subject to the same mistake. Yet that often does not happen simply because no one may ever reported the initial error in the first place. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed what are known as “Common Formats” that create standardized reporting protocols to help healthcare providers in reporting any type of adverse event, including:

  •          Incidents
  •          Unsafe conditions
  •          Near misses

The purpose of these Common Formats is to share information in the hopes of preventing future mistakes. However, data compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that of the facilities that they reviewed, as much 86 percent of errors went unreported by hospital staff. The most common reason given for this lack of reporting is a misconception of what actually constitutes patient harm.

The suffering that you experience following a doctor error may be compounded by subsequently learning that the same provider had made the same mistake before. More information on what action may be taken in the wake of a doctor error can be found here on our site. 

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