Based on a report by the National Academy of Sciences, medical errors injure
millions of Americans annually and cost billions of dollars every year
in increased health costs. Unfortunately, more than 200,000 people die
from preventable medical errors each year.
The following are common preventable medical errors:
Medication errors – Considered the most common type of medical error, it is also the
most preventable. Errors include assigning medication based on inadequate
information. They can also occur due to lack of current warnings, as well
as miscommunications based on poor handwriting. To avoid this problem,
you must understand what you are taking, how much of it, and what you
Poor communication – The second most common medical error derives from poor communication
between doctor and patient, as well as communication between doctor and
other health care providers. With a plethora of patients to watch over,
tests to conduct, as well as lab results and patient history’s to
review, the possibility of miscommunication to occur is high. It is up
to you to help the doctor remember every test you have and information
in your medical history.
Infection – While we expect hospitals to have important sanitation and hygiene
measures, they are actually one of the most likely places to receive an
infection. Given the high amounts of people with various infections visiting
every day, workers can become contaminated. Be sure to practice effective
hygiene and ask your doctor if he or she washed their hands after visiting
the last patient.
Lab errors – Wrong test results can lead to a wrong diagnosis and wrong treatment,
while the initial illness or injury continues to linger. Types of common
lab errors include MRI or CT taken incorrectly, samples taken incorrectly,
or results misinterpreted. If you believe that your lab results are incorrect,
you have the right to ask for another lab test to confirm.
Pharmacy errors – According to a report by CNN, 30 million Americans are the victim
of outpatient medication errors each year. With dozens of patients each
day, pharmacies have the propensity to make errors on your medication.
To prevent this type of medical error, know what your doctor prescribed
and how much before making a trip to the pharmacy.
If you suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of a health care
contact our Miami medical malpractice lawyer at
David C. Rash, P.A. today. 20+ years of experience on your side!