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online healthcare training Medical Malpractice Prevention Reduces Healthcare Risk Posted By: Art Gib According to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, medical errors cost the lives of some 90,000 people every year. In fact, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Medical malpractice is defined as an act of negligence by a health care provider, deviating from accepted standards of care, which results in complications or death of a patient. Simply put, it is taking an action that a competent medical practitioner wouldn’t take, or failing to take an action a competent medical practitioner would take under the same circumstances. It can be the result of a mistaken misdiagnosis with civil implications or a deliberate violation of standards resulting in criminal prosecution. The most common instances result from medication errors that affect 1.5 million people a year or more and account for about 80 percent of malpractice claims paid out each year. Other areas of malpractice that are most common include delayed treatment, birth injuries, anesthesia errors, surgical errors, misdiagnosis or improper treatment, nursing home abuse, and institutional sexual misconduct.

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