Medical errors are a nightmare most of us hope to never encounter. Unfortunately,
many often do. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), in the United States, an estimated 772,000 hospital patients develop
infections and 440,000 patients die each year due to preventable medical
errors. In fact, hospital errors are actually the third leading cause
of death in the country, according to The Leapfrog Group. Although some
improvements are being made in the health care system, these changes are
only effective if hospitals commit to abiding by all medical protocols
The following are some of the most common preventable medical errors:
Medication errors: This is not only one of the most common medical errors, it is also the
most preventable error. Medication errors include assigning medication
to a patient based on minimal or inadequate information, not providing
full or current warnings, miscommunication or poor handwriting, prescribing
the wrong medication, or prescribing an incorrect dosage, to name a few.
To try to avoid this issue, make sure you always understand what medication
you are taking, how much, and what you cannot take.
Poor communication: Doctors must be able to communicate effectively to their patients. Most
of us do not have any medical knowledge, so we might not always be able
to ask every necessary question, or know what information is critical
to provide. The problem is that some doctors take on much more than they
should and, with too many patients to watch over, tests to conduct, and
results to review, doctors often neglect to provide vital information
to patients, or fail to ask the right questions. If your doctor fails
to ask about something as basic as your medical history, for example,
any treatment or medication he or she recommends might put your health at risk.
Infections: You might expect a hospital to have perfect sanitation and hygiene practices
since the health, wellbeing, and lives of those they care for depends
on it, but hospitals are actually one of the most likely places to develop
an infection. Workers encounter countless individuals who might have various
infections, leading to contamination. Your doctor and other hospital staff
must practice effective hygiene and wash their hands after visiting a patient.
Lab errors: If a test result is incorrect, it could lead to a wrong diagnosis, which
would cause a patient to receive the wrong treatment, simultaneously allowing
the illness or injury to persist and linger. Some of the most common lab
errors include incorrect MRI or CT scan, incorrect test samples, or misinterpreted
results. Review your test results with your doctor. This process will
give you a better understanding and, hopefully, draw his or her attention
to any possible errors. If you are not comfortable with your test results
and believe they might be wrong, you have the right to ask for another
lab test to confirm the results.
Pharmacy errors: At least 30 million Americans every year fall victim to outpatient medication
errors. Given the high volume of patients pharmacies serve on a daily
basis, they often make costly mistakes, some of which result in death.
Make sure you know what your doctor prescribed and how much before you
visit the pharmacy.
Medical Malpractice Attorney in Orlando
If you recently sustained injuries due to a preventable medical error caused
by a negligent medical professional, you have a right to pursue compensation
to cover the costs associated with your injuries and suffering. At The
Maher Law Firm, our Orlando medical malpractice attorneys have been representing
victims of medical malpractice for over 40 years. We would be honored
to represent you and stand by your side until justice is served. You should
not have to go through this difficult time alone.
Contact our office today at
(855) 338-0720 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.