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Study of doctor errors used to reduced future mistakes

People who arrive in the emergency room in Texas are often scared and in pain, desperate for answers about their condition. Unfortunately, due to doctor errors and other forms of medical malpractice, some patients see no relief while the conditions of others worsen. While recent studies have discussed the prevalence of such negligence, some studies use data mining to examine medical malpractice lawsuits to better understand how it occurs and prevent it in the future.

One company, for example, has conducted studies regarding thousands of lawsuits alleging medical malpractice. By doing so, hospitals and doctors have information about new concerns. The results are then used to help inform medical professionals about avoiding commonly seen mistakes. Hospitals can use the information to improve the accuracy of their diagnosis, for example.

Other hospitals use the information to implement policy changes. For example, one hospital in California frequently treats patients who have suffered a puncture wound caused by stingrays. In the past, a nurse or physician assistance examined the wound before suturing, but the data mining studies revealed cases where wounds contained foreign bodies or became infected. As a result, the hospital created a new policy requiring that a doctor examine major wounds before suturing.

Medical malpractice, including doctor errors, can have devastating consequences for patients and families. Many are left requiring additional, expensive medical care while other errors result in fatalities. Fortunately, some victims in Texas have found relief through civil litigation. In addition to receiving a monetary award for those suffering as a result of negligence, doctors and other medical care providers can learn valuable information to help prevent a repeat of similar mistakes. Consultation service from the Maloney Attorneys is free. Contact us today to get started.

Source: cnbc.com, "Health providers research malpractice suits to improve safety", Dan Mangan, May 10, 2016

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