Hospital safety is an issue that affects all community members. It is impossible to find someone who has not required the close care of medical professionals themselves or has not had friends and family who needed the same. The importance of the care received at these institutions remains a paramount concern.
The Chicago Tribune recently took a closer look at the problem of local hospital errors. The findings of cases of Illinois medical malpractice are in many ways disheartening. Based upon national averages, every single day 10 people in the city die from preventable medical mistakes. 100 more patients are injured because of these Chicago hospital errors.
Imagine what the public outcry would be if each of those ten deaths were widely publicized on the front pages of newspapers day in and day out. The outcry for improvement would likely be palpable. Instead, however, most of these victims die in silence. The front pages of our newspapers are instead filled with screeds by insurance company advocates claiming that Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits are out of hand and the rights of the victims should be removed.
An effort needs to be made to turn the tide against these misguided priorities.
The article examining Chicago hospitals, for example, noted that a close look at some facilities reveals crippling problems. Loyola’s bedsore rate was eight times the national average. Loyola, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois hospitals were all “significantly worse” on infection rates. In other areas, however, area hospitals performed better than the national average.
It is important for this information, both the good and the bad, to be shared with local medical patients. There is nothing to fear from open, honest communication about the quality of care provided by area medical centers.
Our Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti will continue to advocate for fair discussion that seeks to lower the number of death and injuries caused by medical malpractice. The problem remains at staggering levels-we should never seek to silence those fighting the problem.
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