Safety Advisers Say State Hid Patient Safety Advisory Committee Report

Personal InjuryLawyersSome of the highest-ranking officials in New York State’s Health Department have continued to refuse to recognize or concur with the recent recommendations made by a patient-safety advisory panel that was created several years ago to curtail hospital mistakes, expose physicians’ past practices, and avoid medical deaths. However, these high-ranking officials have denied such claims.

Still, there are a number of internal Health Department records that raise questions with as to whether certain state officials elected not to act on a 2011 report that was submitted by a group of doctors and pharmacists who, for over 10 years, have continuously made recommendations for the improvement of patient safety.

State Health Officials Say It’s Not True

New York State health officials have repeatedly claimed that the allegations are not true and those same officials have referred to some of the panel leaders as being indifferent to the efforts made by the agency to sort out and focus the various committees that were formed back in 2000 under New York’s Health Information and Quality Improvement Act.

The Report

The report that was handed down by the New York State Patient Safety Advisory Committee projected that their latest round of suggestions could possibly save the state about $12 billion per year in state health plan costs. Some of the suggestions sought to curb infectious diseases improve patient communication so that patients can understand their own conditions and treatment through the use of universal symbols and bilingual drug labels, and lowering the number of mistakes through better communication amongst pharmacists and patients, utilizing electronic monitoring of patients and implementing checklists to avoid preventable surgical mistakes.

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