Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Most of these medical errors could have been prevented had the proper patient safety measures been taken. And with new research showing that 440,000 patients are killed each year from medical errors---it's time to start focusing on patient safety.
Lack of patient safety knowledge does not seem to be the issue, but there are laws that rarely focus on this issue at all. Most of the laws being implemented focus on 'the doctor as the victim' rather than the patient. Why is that? The medical insurance industry and medical lobbists have now turned the issue of medical malpractice on its head, reported the Huffington Post, and policymakers treat the doctors as the victims instead of the patients who have been injured or suffered a death because of medical errors and medical mistakes.
Many of the medical malpractice laws have been shown to weaken the accountability as well as the liability of the health care providers. Without healthcare providers being held accountable, we will see more preventable medical errors causing serious injuries or deaths.
Putting patient safety first and stopping medical errors is the only way to go.