What Are the Most Common Medical Errors.
Let’s say you are injured in an accident or suffer with a disease and need to either see a physician or be admitted to the hospital. You trust the care you will get in the hospital and expect to return home to your family. However the national statistics of patient case and common medical errors in the United States is stagering. Depending on who is crunching the data the number of patients who die from preventable medical errors ranges 100,000 to 200,000 people each year.
In CoverMD it is reported that medical errors in the United States kill up to 100,000 people every year, while US News & World Health Reports more than 200,000 people die from preventable medical errors and up to 20 times more suffer from errors but don’t die from them. Kiani says. So what are the most common medical errors physician make and how can we protect outselfs from them? CoverMD, in an article, “The Ten Most Common Medical Errors,” by Barry Bialek, MD, a senior CoverMD contributing editor, states that the ten most common medical errors are as follows:
- Technical medical errors
- Failure to use indicated tests
- Avoidable delays in treatment
- Failure to take precautions
- Failure to act on test results
- Inadequate monitoring after surgery
- Inadequate patient preparation
- Inadequate follow-up after treatement
- Avoidable delay in diagnosis
- Improper medical dose.
Dr. Bialek states these are the most common types of medical errors that physicans may protect themselves against.
In the article “5 Common Preventable Medical Errors,” 3/30/15, by Anna Medaris Miller, published in The US News & World Reports, She interviews Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. Mr. Kiani describes this scenario, ” The hospital is supposed to be a safe place. When you take a sick or injured child there, ‘your shoulders drop, you relax, thinking they’re in good hands. The last thing you imagine is that is an enviroment killing your child. But each year more than 200,000 people die from medical errors.
George T. Baxter, Esq., trial lawyer of the year and successful New Jersey medical malpractice attorney, says people need to be vigilent about their medical care with physician and hospitals. He says to ask questions about your diagnosis, procedure, post-surgical care and risks. Phyicians and most hospital staff are caring and well-intentioned professional who are all too happy to discuss the plan with you — especially when you or family show an interest.
There are inherent risks in medical procedures and a bad out come does not neccessarily mean there was phyiscian error or neglience. However, with between 100,000 to 200,000 preventable medical and physician errors occuring each year there is likely to be an ocassional medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys say that despite the high number of medical errors that medical malpractice cases are the most difficult for a patient and lawyer to win. This is because there is a bias for the physician, you have to find another physician from the same medical specialty to testify against the negligent physician and medical malpractice cases are very expensive to do. Mr. Baxter says that if you think you are the victim of preventable medical error then you should contact a medical malpractice attorney right-away because there is a statute of limitations. Your medical malpractice attorney will also want to get your medical records and interview witnesses as soon as possible to protect your interest.
In out November 1, 2015 blog, “Medical Error Raises To The Third Leading Cause of Death” we report the recent study reported in the Journal of Patient Safety the numbers of hospital deaths related to medical error is much higher than previous thought — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death. This makes medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is first, and cancer, which is second.
Medical Malpractice, Physician Error & Hospital Neglience.
Sometimes despite taking all the precautions possible physician and hospital negligence happens. Regardless of who is reporting the numbers, it is a national health care crisis. If you believe that you are the victim of medical malpractice, physician error or hospital negligence then contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. If you already have a pending medical malpractice lawsuit pending and need money then contact Lance Lawsuit Funding.
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