Monday, November 24, 2008
Medical malpractice claims related to hospital infections are on the increase according to a November 20 online article at Lawyers USA by staff writer Sylvia Hsieh. The article cites Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data estimating that over two million hospital-acquired infections occur annually, resulting in 90,000 fatalities. In long-term care facilities the CDC estimates an additional 1.5 million health-care associated infections occur annually. The article notes that 26 states have passed laws that require reporting of hospital-acquired infections. Meanwhile, the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) says that hospital infections add an estimated $30.5 billion to the nationâ€™s hospital costs each year. A recent Aon analysis noted that hospital-acquired conditions (sometimes referred to as â€œnever eventsâ€) â€“ including hospital-acquired infections, hospital-acquired injuries, objects left in surgery and pressure ulcers account for one out of every six med mal liability claims. Aonâ€™s 2008 Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis also pointed to a potential rise in the frequency of related hospital professional liability claims. Check out I.I.I. background information on medical malpractice.