(5/25/2005) -- We’ve all said it dozens of times: The best way to reduce the number of medical malpractice lawsuits is to reduce malpractice. It is, it would seem, a simple concept.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the medical community seems to grasp it.

Last week a new report revealed that five years after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a landmark investigation into patient safety in America’s hospitals, which found an astonishing 98,000 Americans died annually due to a preventable medical error, there has been little to no improvement.

According to the new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an estimated 98,000 Americans STILL die annually due to a preventable error. Further, the report found the barriers to reaching these goals are no longer technical but rather lie in “beliefs, intentions, cultures, and choices” of the medical community.

In other words, they either don’t care or don’t get how important it is.

And that’s too bad for every Pennsylvania patient.



Patient safety must be our number one priority

President's Message
by John M. Gallagher Jr., Esq.

John M. Gallagher, a partner in the Media law firm of Gallagher, Schoenfeld, Surkin & Chupein, P.C., is President of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

New report in Journal of the American Medical Assoc. on patient deaths proves there is much to be done to reduce medical errors