Can Systems Medicine Lower Medical Malpractice?

In the late 90’s, a report by the Institute of Medicine was released, entitled To Err is Human, with a list of recommendations to systematize hospitals across the board. The report promised that the 100,000 annual medical malpractice fatalities would be cut in half by 2004. However, the reduction in medical malpractice deaths never occurred. In contrast, a recent study compared medical malpractice deaths before and after the implementation of systematized procedures in Ontario hospitals. According to the study, “[i]mplementation of surgical safety checklists in Ontario, Canada, was not associated with significant reductions in operative mortality or complications.”

Photo of a Columbia doctor writing down a diagnosis

Ample evidence contradicts the findings of To Err is Human. For example, a 1991 Harvard study found that 61 percent of medical malpractice injuries are the result of improper technique and incorrect diagnosis from an individual doctor. The same study found that only 6 percent of medical malpractice injuries were systematic in origin. Clearly, to lower South Carolina’s medical malpractice rates, legislators should be looking at the conditions of individual doctors instead of the larger system. South Carolina has a shortage of primary care physicians. As such, those that pursue that much needed role are understaffed and overworked.

Columbia Injury Attorneys That Handle Medical Malpractice Cases

If you have suffered as a result of medical malpractice, our Columbia injury lawyers can help you get your life back on track. The Proffitt & Cox, LLP legal team will work hard to secure the compensation you need to enjoy the best quality medical treatment. Our injury attorneys will not rest until you are not only fully compensated, but also in good health. For more information or free legal advice, contact us. To tell one of our Columbia injury lawyers about your circumstance, call our office locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533.

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