This week, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study looking at the medical records of random patients in 11 Massachusetts hospitals in 2018. It found that almost one quarter of them suffered an “adverse event,” and 32% of these events caused serious harm to the patient.
The most common were drug events, followed by surgical procedures, nursing care, and infections.
“These numbers are disappointing, but not shocking,” said lead author Dr. David Bates, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, one of Harvard Medical School’s teaching hospitals.
It is startling to read how often mistakes lead to patient harm even in some of our Nation’s leading teaching hospitals. We see far too many patient injuries and deaths in our cases needlessly caused by medical malpractice in Georgia hospitals.
If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a hospital setting, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to investigate.