According to patient safety advocates, the numbers and types of medical mistakes in hospitals aren't getting enough public exposure. Even when data is available, information may be extremely selective, based on inconsistent ratings methods or skewed by the underlying influence of lobbyists.
Consumers alter purchasing decisions when a product defect or recall makes the news. Hospital errors have been compiled and reported by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority since 2004, an elaborate state system to make health care consumers and providers aware of unsafe medical practices. The problem may be that Pittsburgh residents are unaware the state-run safety organization exists.