Recently, the federal government released patient-safety reviews for many hospitals around the country. Unfortunately, several hospitals in Utah received low marks for patient safety. These low Utah hospital safety rankings are cause for concern. If you are ever in a serious accident, it is important to know that you are receiving treatment in a safe environment. At Christensen & Hymas, we strive to be effective advocates for accident and injury victims. This post identifies the low-ranking hospitals and what your rights are in a hospital-related injury case.
Utah Hospital Safety Rankings: Which Ones Missed the Mark?
The eight hospitals cited by the federal government are listed below.
- Intermountain Medical Center in Murray
- St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City
- LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City
- Salt Lake Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City
- Cache Valley Hospital in Logan
- McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden
- Castleview Hospital in Price
- Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele
Why Were the Hospitals Cited?
The government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services evaluated quality statistics such as infection numbers. These included incidents from surgical site infections to catheter-related infections. They compared the number of infections reported at the hospitals to predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDS based predictions on a hospital’s size, amount of procedures, and types of conditions. The government also considered data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Utah hospitals listed above had infection numbers and other problems that exceeded CDC predictions. For example, Intermountain Medical Center performed 306 hysterectomies in 2016. 12 of the patients got surgical site infections. The CDC estimated that there would only be 5 surgical site infections.
Hospital-Related Personal Injury Cases
Patients generally trust doctors and medical professionals to take care of them. Most doctors are trustworthy, effective, and extremely helpful. However, they are not perfect and can sometimes make mistakes. These mistakes can have serious consequences. At Christensen & Hymas, we often help injured patients recover their losses in hospital-related injury cases. Some of the most common of these cases are listed below.
Types of Cases
- Bad Medical Devices. Faulty medical equipment can seriously harm patients.
- Bad Drugs. Ineffective and bad drugs can also cause serious problems.
- Mirena IUD Claims. This birth control method sometimes has complications.
- Transvaginal Mesh Claims. Transvaginal mesh also sometimes has negative effects.
- Wrongful Death. Unfortunately, medical treatment can sometimes result in death. Wrongful death cases help families recover after these tragic events.
These are only a few examples of hospital-related cases. If you are ever injured during medical treatment or at a hospital, contact Christensen & Hymas. We know how to get you the compensation you deserve.
Utah Personal Injury Lawyers at Christensen & Hymas
These low Utah hospital safety rankings are evidence that sometimes, hospitals do not do exactly what they are supposed to. Of course, they help millions of people recover from serious injuries and diseases. However, medical professionals can sometimes be responsible for serious injuries and complications. Christensen & Hymas can help you if you are injured in a hospital-related accident. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact us for a free initial consultation.
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