Team training and medical errors in D.C. medical malpractice

Working together as a team - that's something we should all do, in principle. Hospitals often don't work this way.  But now, there's a new study that shows that medical errors go down significantly when health-care professionals train together as a team. 

News Medical gathered information from studies done by researchers at Rice University, John Hopkins and others and reports that when nurses, physicians, medical students, etc. all come together to learn together, the risk of a medical error occurring goes down by 19%. 

Patient mortality goes down by 15% when teams train together. 

Because medical injuries can result in serious harm or even death, this reducation is significant and can mean more lives saved by teaching all health care providers to follow established patient safety rules and having a system in place to catch medical malpractice and recognize and treat a patient after a medical error in the hospital. Click here to see order information to help prevent medical malpractice in our free report, 7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice. The report even includes tips on how to avoid some of the more common mistakes doctors, nurses and hospitals make every day. You can also give us a call at 202-393-3320 to ask questions about medical malpractice and to see if a lawyer would be right for you.        

The study finds that when the team trains together, they are better at communicating in the long run, and can resolve conflicts that might arise. And, from our work, we know one of the biggest ways to make a medical error is lack of communication between the health-care professionals that are taking care of you. When one part of the team does a test and doesn't follow up, patient information can slip through the cracks. It may also mean not being referred to the right specialist in time to properly diagnose and treat your condition - all because of a lack of communication in your medical team. It's a part of the common themes of medical malpractice that everyone should know. 

We hope this new study will make training together more common in D.C. hospitals and hospitals everywhere. 




Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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