Your health is extremely important. And it is natural to trust the nurses, doctors, and surgeons who take care of your health. But medical malpractice is a serious issue, and you cannot be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself. In fact, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Medical mistakes take hundreds of lives every day, despite the fact that patient safety should be a top priority for every doctor and medical professional. Any medical error, even a small one, can lead to serious illness, injury, or death. Some of the most common mistakes include medication errors, misdiagnoses, knowledge gaps, lack of information, and infections.
Although medical professionals know a great deal, they are all human and prone to making mistakes. However, when they make mistakes, human lives are at risk.
The most common causes of medical errors include staffing patterns, inadequate flow of information, technical failures, and inadequate policies and procedures.
You will never be able to prevent all medical errors from affecting your care, but if you stay diligent, you may be able to spot them quickly before they harm you or someone you love. To help yourself, make a list of all medications and supplements you take. Let everyone know what your allergies are, especially before you accept new prescriptions or treatments. Confirm all medications with your pharmacist before you start taking them. Watch the hygiene habits of everyone touching you. Request a written treatment plan every time you leave the hospital. And always ask questions if you have them.