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Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals | Galligan Law

Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals | Galligan Law

Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals

Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals

Patients’ risk of serious injury from medical mistakes, deadly infections and safety omissions have gradually increased at lower ranked hospitals throughout the U.S. A new study based on data collected from about 2,600 U.S. hospitals since 2016, has shown an estimated 160,000 lives are lost annually from avoidable medical errors. This study is based on information shared from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. 

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a non-profit that issues grades to hospitals based on safety and quality ranging from A to F. The CEO of the group, Leah Binder, says that nearly all of the mistakes they track are preventable. “These are avoidable deaths – the deaths that are accidental or the result of a mistake made in the hospital,” she said.

The analysis also found that D and F hospitals carry nearly twice the risk of mortality of A hospitals. Over 50,000 lives could be saved if all hospitals performed at the level of A graded hospitals. 

What the findings reveal is that some of the nation’s most dangerous medical centers have become even riskier for patients.

Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes in West Des Moines and Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls both received a “D” safety grade. Patients at these hospitals faced a 92% greater risk of suffering an avoidable death

Visit https://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/your-hospitals-safety-grade/LivesLost to see how our local hospital performed in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. 


Top Medical Mistakes Found During the Study 


Studies have found that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.The top medical mistakes found during this study are the following:

  • Medication Errors: Medication mistakes can happen when a patient receives the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of their medication, or simply does not receive their medication at all.
  • Surgical Mistakes: Surgical mistakes include things like having the wrong body part being operated on, patients receiving the wrong surgery, or surgical instruments left inside the body during operation. 
  • Diagnosing Mistakes: Diagnosing errors are defined as the failure to establish an accurate and timely explanation of the patient’s health problems or communicate that explanation to the patient.
  • Infections: Approximately one in every 30 hospital patients in the US acquires an infection during their visit. All hospital staff should follow strict infection control policies to protect patients from acquiring infections.


At Galligan Law, we are dedicated to helping people who have been victims of medical errors. Our Iowa medical malpractice attorneys and dedicated staff bring broad experience, expertise, care and commitment to each medical malpractice case we take on. If you are in need of a medical malpractice lawyer in Iowa, give us a call today at 800-217-9312. 

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