DEAD BY MISTAKE
A title like the one above will certainly get your attention! I can hear you “lawyer bashers” already…but you are wrong as this title doesn’t come from a group of lawyers who represent the victims of medical negligence.
This title (and website) comes from a group of journalists with the Hearst newspapers. The idea for the website came from an informal discussion among reporters and editors from several papers who were looking at topics to investigate that would have a significant impact on people’s lives. They decided on that focusing on the plague of fatal but preventable hospital errors would be a public service.
The stories are real…and read sad. Like the mother who bleed to death after the birth of her child…or the patient whose feeding tube was dumping nutrition into his lung as opposed to his stomach…or the man who fell at work breaking his leg but ended up in a vegetative state after getting care at his local hospital.
Tragic but preventable.
My Take: Let’s stop “death by mistake.”