Thursday, October 21, 2010

Report: Serious Medical Errors Still High in Colorado

"Efforts to rein in surgical errors haven't eliminated cases of doctors operating on the wrong patient or the wrong body part, according to a new report" in the Archives of Surgery. Researchers "identified 25 wrong-patient procedures and 107 wrong-site treatments reported to just one insurance company in one state (Colorado)" over a six-year period. "'Colorado has some of the most anti-patient laws in the country, severely capping medical negligence cases,' Ray De Lorenzi, spokesman for the American Association for Justice, said Tuesday."  He added that any changes to malpractice law "should focus on the tens of thousands of people injured annually by medical errors, not taking away their rights via 'tort reform.'" Story here.

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