Hospitals are often stingy with facts about medical errors

Although hospitals closely monitor medical errors, they often withhold key information from victims of those errors, making it harder for them to pursue malpractice actions, according to Cleveland-based ABC affiliate WEWS-TV. In one case, an oral surgery patient who swallowed gauze during a procedure was never informed of the incident, even though it later contributed to his death. Hospitals are often reluctant to disclose facts due to fears of litigation, even though studies have suggested a more open approach and an apology to the patient often wards off lawsuits. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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