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Biggest Patient Safety Threats of 2023

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rockford personal injury lawyerThe kinds of risks that patients face ebb and flow as the healthcare industry evolves. While some forms of injurious harm – for example, patient falls – remain relatively constant, others shift as the medical profession and medical facilities adapt their practices to the times. It was not so long ago, for example, that more patient harm was caused by providers’ illegible handwriting than was caused by issues with error-ridden electronic medical records maintained by hospitals.

Understanding the kinds of risks that patients face most frequently at any time is valuable for two primary reasons. First, this knowledge can empower patients to self-advocate if they are on the lookout for certain kinds of risks and errors. Second, this knowledge can be beneficial in the aftermath of sustaining injuries or illnesses due to a provider’s negligence. By understanding that a certain complication may be a sign of a common type of mistake, patients will be more likely to seek legal guidance and explore their legal options accordingly.

The Patient Risks that Are Most Concerning Right Now 

Every year, ECRI releases a “top 10 patient safety” concerns list that the healthcare industry – and patients alike – should be paying particular attention to. Of note on the independent organization’s list for 2023 are the following causes of patient harm:

  • Delays in the diagnosis and/or treatment of sepsis

  • Inadequate coordination of care for patients who have complex medical needs

  • Medication safety

  • “Missed” care or treatment leading to preventable harm

  • Practitioners who work outside the scope of their specialties and competencies

Contact a Client-Focused Rockford Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Personalized Guidance

It is not always easy to identify medical malpractice, nor is it always easy to prove it. But these challenging realities should not be used to silence patients who suspect that something has gone wrong. It should empower them. If you schedule a risk-free, confidential case evaluation with the dedicated Rockford, IL medical malpractice lawyers at Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS at no cost, you can begin the process of uncovering the truth and clarifying what happened to you. Once our team has discreetly investigated your circumstances and you have answers, you will be able to confidently make decisions about taking legal actions because your choices will be informed ones.

You do not have to continue to wonder about whether you are a victim of medical malpractice and whether there is anything to be done about the harm you have suffered. Submit a contact form on our firm’s website or call our team at 815-215-7561 to get started. We look forward to hearing from you.



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