The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare estimated that wrong-site surgery errors occurred about 40 times a week in 2011. This type of surgical error should never occur because it is 100 percent preventable. The president of the commission related that wrong-site surgeries are "relatively rare events... difficult to study. (T)here is usually no single root cause of failure...such events are frequently the cascade of small errors." This is no comfort to those who are the victim of a wrong-site surgery.
You have dealt with a medical problem for months, and finally feel as if you have found the right diagnosis and have a solid treatment plan in place. What happens when your prescriber or pharmacist gives you the wrong medication, dosage or instructions and the medication ends up doing more harm than good? These are referred to as medication errors and close to 1.3 million people in the United States alone are injured annually by these errors. One ideal way to minimize medication errors is to take an active role in all health care decisions made about your body, and stay informed about what each medication means to your condition.
Having a trusting relationship with your health care provider is important to your well-being because it will encourage you to be honest about any problems or changes you're experiencing. Going to the same person allows him or her to really get to know you and your health profile for the most personalized care. However, providers are humans, too. They make mistakes or simply don't have all the answers. Therefore, it's wise to seek a second medical opinion in the following instances to ensure you get the proper health care.
Among the long list of hospital errors, preventable staph infections sadly remain at the top of the list.
Many people assume that they can sue their doctor for medical malpractice in the event of a medical mistake occurs that causes injury. But this isn't true. Many parties can be subject to medical malpractice, like compound pharmacies.
Coined in 2001, the phrase "never events" refers to appalling medical mistakes, like amputations of the wrong body part, that occur and shouldn't.
Data from a study conducted by CRICO Strategies, a risk management entity and division of Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc., reveals a startling conclusion behind why medical errors are continuing to occur all across the country.
Medical malpractice instances occur for many reasons. Surgeons operate on the wrong body part; hospital personnel fail to properly sanitize areas that result in unnecessary staph infections. The list goes on and on. Diagnostic errors are also common. And, according to a recent report, there are several reasons why.
The phrase "never event" was first introduced a decade ago as the designation for serious, preventable medical errors that were occurring in hospital settings in Atlanta Metro and all across the nation.
Countless hospital all across the nation have been cited for failing to follow proper safety protocols that have led to never events-or accidents that unnecessarily occur from the negligent acts of physicians or hospital staff.