Common Preventable Medical Errors

Common Preventable Medical Errors

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 13-Feb-2018

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 and guidelines.

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.

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