Few consumers and hospital patients in New Jersey or elsewhere across the country would credit the medical industry with a fool-proof safety standard and performance record. Most people know -- anecdotally, through diverse media reports and, perhaps, from their own personal experience -- that medical mistakes occur in hospitals, and with regularity.
Patients have the right to expect that their doctors are qualified professionals who will help them and not cause them harm through medical negligence. To help protect patients, state governments across the country have established medical boards that are in charge of regulating physicians' licenses and disciplining bad doctors.
The World Health Organization recommends that pregnant women ready to deliver their babies undergo cesarean sections in only a small minority of cases. In fact, WHO cites a figure of 15 percent or less as being optimal.
Some industries are comparatively high-tech, and there is certainly no disputing that the medical industry is among the most technologically oriented of all work realms. Hospitals in New Jersey and all other states across the country employ ultra-sophisticated machinery and diagnostic tools that are as carefully crafted and precise as anything existing in the aeronautics industry, and that technology is constantly evolving.
Most of us would expect doctors and nurses to wash their hands and change their rubber gloves before delivering a baby, but a majority of medical professionals who responded to a survey said they had seen their colleagues fail to take these sanitary measures.