One does not need to go to the bar associations to obtain statistics about the widespread dangers presented by the continuous phenomenon of hospital and doctor negligence. One need only turn to the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association to learn that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The Journal also reports that the number of medical malpractice suits filed each year is more than 85,000. It is important for the public in Oregon and throughout the nation to understand the pressing problem being caused by ongoing medical negligence.

Other statistics show that 12,000 patients die during unnecessary surgeries each year, and 7,000 die from medication errors. Several studies have concluded that quality control protocols must be instituted to make sure that surgical procedures occur for the right reasons and are carried out as planned. After the procedure, it has been suggested that each patient be visited by a neutral third party for a short interview.

This procedure can help to identify patterns of substandard care. When such patterns are evaluated and solutions devised to eliminate the problem, the percentage of surgical errors will go down substantially. With respect to medication errors, certain assurance protocols can be instituted to make sure that mistakes are not being made.

Simply having one program that takes overly tired health care workers off of active duty for the day would eliminate a good percentage of medication errors, according to some experts. Digital programs that double check the prescriptions for patients and the accuracy of the dosages could also be utilized to cut down on medication errors. When medical providers can take the time to evaluate the reasons for the relatively large numbers of mistakes, they can see clearly enough to devise logical and effective resolutions, both here in Oregon and nationwide. The result of focusing on patient care will be an inevitable reduction of medical malpractice lawsuits.

Source:, "How hospitals can avoid medical malpractice suits", Stephanie Ocano, Aug. 5, 2015