Medical malpractice. Medical errors. Medical mistakes. Many times, preventable.
A culture of safety in hospitals, HMOs and among healthcare providers is needed. Its the only way to reduce preventable medical mistakes - by eliminating choices by the HMO, hospital or healthcare provider that don't put patient safety first.
But, what is patient safety and what does it mean?
At the heart of every healthcare decision should be a simple question "how does it affect this patient's safety?' Reducing medical malpractice should focus on reducing the types of practices that end up causing medical malpractice. By reducing preventable medical errors and those choices by HMOs, hospitals and healthcare workers that don't put patient safety first, instances of medical malpractice will decline.
These types of changes may include following a standardized checklist for how to manage different types of procedures. Irt may include checks and balances for communicating test results to the right persona and making sure they are received.