treatment errors can have serious consequences for those affected, ranging to lethal complications. The latest figures from the Medical Service of Health Insurance( MDK) for the year 2014 show that a high number of suspected treatment errors continued to be recorded and that numerous deaths were recorded.
In total, the medical services of the health insurance have investigated 14,663 treatment error reproaches in 2014 and in every fourth case, the suspicion of patients was confirmed by the reviewers, according to the press release of the Medical Service of the GKV-Spitzenverbandes( MDS).This requires an open approach to the mistakes and a new safety culture in order to better protect patients in the future.
No clear-cut in treatment errors
The number of suspected treatment errors increased again slightly in 2014( from 14,585 to 14,663 suspected cases) and confirmed treatment errors continued to increase. In 3,796 cases( 3,687 cases in 2013), the MDK reviewers concluded that the allegation of a treatment error was justified."The number of assessed treatment error reproaches is persistently high - so far we can give as a medical service no all-clear," reminds dr. Stefan Gronemeyer, Chief Physician and Deputy Managing Director of MDS.
Attempting to deal with treatment errors
According to the expert, "even in the utmost care, mistakes happen in the hospital, in the doctor's office and in the care." Here, the experts are concerned with an open handling of the errors, first and foremost with the patients accordinglybe compensated. But also so that the errors can be systematically analyzed and avoided in the future. The focus is on the question of which circumstances led to the error, said Gronemeyer.