One major societal concern over the past few years has been injuries sustained during hospital stays. You would never think that you would end up with an injury caused by the very place that is meant to heal you. However, it happens, and often.
According to this article by Jordan Rau, the rate of preventable hospital mishaps has leveled off after 3 years of steady declines, showing that hospitals are taking clear preventative steps to avoid many types of injuries. However, hospitals still struggle with approximately 12 out of every 100 hospital stays resulting in infections and other injuries. Some of the most common of those injuries, occurring a quarter-million times or more, are bed sores, falls, bad reactions to drugs used to treat diabetes, and kidney damage caused by contrast dyes.
Overall, complications are declining. But they are only 17% lower than 2010, and the same as 2013. It shows that some improvements are sticking, but the lack of further improvement raises concerns that it’s becoming harder for hospitals to further reduce the chances that patients may be harmed in their care.
If you or a loved one have experienced a hospital injury, contact the lawyers at Villari, Brandes, & Giannone. Our team of Philadelphia injury and medical malpractice lawyers have represented thousands of clients in claims and lawsuits in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and many other states around the country. We are dedicated to fighting for injured people, making sure they receive the compensation they deserve. Take action, and contact us by scheduling a free online consultation or by calling 888-729-2901.