An NPR article from 2016 a reported 250,000 people die annually due to preventable medical errors and malpractice. That ranks medical malpractice as number three in the cause of American deaths -- right behind heart disease and cancer.
20 years ago the number was 100,000 --
clearly the problem is escalating.
We've written about "never events" - a term healthcare providers, insurance companies and hospital administrators use for malpractice that should, as the term implies, never happen.
But I just came across a term I'd never heard of - "scribblers". That's what medical and hospital personnel call people - hospital patients and their family members - who write everything down. They take notes on the medications, treatment, conversations with the doctors and nurses. According to one presenter at a recent patient safety conference, they make the hospital staff nervous.
And more importantly, hospitals aren't improving much, according to a 2009 hospital patient safety survey.
Read more about the patient safety conference at http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/business/health_med_fit/article/MEDI28_20100527-222805/347416/
And if one of your loved ones is in the hospital, be a scribbler.
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