Dresden - Over the past year, experts found medical treatment errors in 45 cases. That was seven fewer than in 2016. That was announced today in Dresden. She refers to the annual report of her expert body for medical liability issues.
"Every medical error is one mistake too many, because behind every mistake there is fate," said Chamber President Erik Bodendieck. The low number in view of around 32 million outpatient and inpatient treatment cases is an indication of the responsible work of doctors, nurses and nurses - despite the extreme intensification of work in practices and clinics.
In 2017, the review center received 356 applications due to suspected malpractice (2016: 363). Reviews were triggered in 234 cases. Of the 234 assessments initiated, 166 were in the inpatient sector, 15 in outpatient clinics, 47 in outpatient practices and six in medical care centers (MVZ). 94 applications were in the field of surgery, 30 in internal medicine, 26 in orthopedics, 18 in the field of gynecology / obstetrics, twelve in the field of ENT and ten in neurology / psychiatry.
There were also nine Cases in urology and general medicine, six in anesthesiology / intensive therapy, five in ophthalmology and neurosurgery and three in rehabilitation examined. Two cases were in the skin and venereal diseases department. There was one case each in radiology, transfusion medicine, paediatrics and human genetics.
It is the purpose of the reviewer To avoid legal disputes due to accusations of incorrect medical treatment and to settle disputes out of court. “In 90 to 95 percent of the assessment cases, final clarification is achieved through processing in the assessment center. Five to ten percent will then be processed further through legal channels, ”said the reviewer. The willingness of the doctors to participate in the procedure and to contribute to the clarification is still very high.