The results of a new study, reported to the journal Pediatrics, should give San Mateo residents cause for concern. According to the study, 5.3 percent of children with a chronic illness face medical error. While the number may seem small, and some experts even expected a higher number, this report emphasizes the dangers some hospitals may pose. Even children who are taken to the hospital in hopes of being treated for their chronic illnesses may face medical malpractice.
Though the study takes certain types of codes into account when determining the frequency of medical errors, the fact remains that many face adverse reactions to medications, bed sores and post-surgery infections. Though these injuries are awful, perhaps the worst part about them is that they may be caused by preventable negligence.
The article abstract and full text is available here.