Hospital Error Leaves Victim Brain Damaged
Health care providers and hospitals should be accountable for the care they provide, or the care they should have provided. When lawmakers seek to limit their responsibility, it puts the safety of all of us at risk.
New research has confirmed that 440,000 people die every year because of preventable medical errors. That is equivalent to almost the entire population of Atlanta, Ga., dying from a medical error each year. Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States and cost our country tens of billions of dollars a year.
Quanisha underwent a routine surgery to remove a goiter in her neck at a hospital in Little Rock, Ark. But, twelve hours later, Quanisha began to develop a shortness of breath and felt her neck tighten. Even though she told nurses about her symptoms and how worried she was, her condition was not appropriately monitored or reported to a physician. Quanisha began having seizures, went into respiratory arrest, and suffered severe brain damage. It was later discovered that a preventable blood clot was to blame. Quanisha was left bed-ridden and totally dependent on her mother for care.
Quanisha’s story is a far too common occurrence. Despite this serious epidemic, corporate front groups are working hard in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures throughout the country to limit accountability and access to the civil justice system when patients are harmed or killed by a medical error.
Removing that accountability and incentive leaves people at risk for more injuries from negligent care and does nothing but help the insurance industry's bottom line.
(Note: Mother of Quanisha S. pictured)