How Safe are Outpatient Services?

Study after study has been published about the risks of medical errors in hospitals. However, a new report recently released by the American Medical Association (AMA) indicates that more information is needed about the dangers of medical errors in ambulatory or outpatient settings.

The AMA report looked at outpatient data over 10 years (2000 -2010) and concluded that errors are occurring. Specifically, there are concerns about misdiagnoses, prescription mistakes, and other errors. The AMA is suggesting that more work needs to be done to study these problems, to find out how prevalent they are, why they are occurring, and how they can be prevented in the future.

Are you concerned about outpatient safety in Pennsylvania? What do you think should be done to make things safer and prevent medical malpractice?