Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s News (January 8, 2012)

placeholder image big

The American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) posted TrialNews online this week. It featured a healthcare note bearing on medical malpractice.

“The Joint Commission [on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (“JCAHO”)] is urging hospitals to address the ongoing problem of health care worker fatigue as it relates to patient safety,” reported AAJ vis-à-vis potential medical malpractice. “In a recently issued ‘sentinel event alert,’ the predominant accrediting organization for U.S. hospitals suggested that administrators take specific actions, including conducting an assessment of staffing levels, shift schedules, and policies that may keep personnel from getting adequate rest.”