In 1999, an Institute of Medicine report declared that approximately 98,000 Americans die every year due to doctor errors. The report is viewed as a landmark event, and enormous effort has been undertaken every year since to reduce the effect that medical errors have on the population. According to a more recent study, however, those efforts have not produced significant results.
After spending two years following standardized protocol in prenatal care, 14 hospitals found that the frequency of birth injuries dropped markedly over that time. In fact, one North Carolina health provider was at the forefront of the health-care initiative.
Patients in North Carolina hospitals expect that the doctors and medical staff will take care of them at any cost and would never put them into harm's way. After all, with malpractice suits on the rise, wouldn't hospitals be extra careful to avoid as many mistakes as possible?