Massachusetts Hospitals See Spike in Medical Errors

Massachusetts hospitals have experienced a 70 percent spike in reported medical errors since 2012, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

An estimated 753 cases of medical errors were reported in hospitals across the state. The largest increases in errors were due to treatment of the wrong body parts, unsterilized equipment, or patients being severely burned by overheated equipment in the operating room, the Boston Globe reports.

Hospital executives are paying more attention to reducing hazards and some are more openly discussing problems with patients and regulators, but they are simultaneously under growing pressure to care for more and sicker patients and to cut costs.

Hospitals were also seeing an increase in patient falls, bed sores, assaults, and suicide.

Read the full story in The Boston Globe here.


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