Medical Malpractice: Most Shocking Medical Mistakes

Every day across the country and across the world, doctors and healthcare workers perform small miracles. They comfort the ill and injured, and give families hope for the future. But, some healthcare professionals do not fulfill their duties, and as a result their patients suffer.

According to statistics, medical error kills more than 250,000 people every year in the U.S., and injures millions more. Below are some common medical mistakes that cause injury and death in the U.S:

Causing Preventable Infection: If a doctor or nurse doesn’t properly wash their hands before surgery, or if they do not use sterile medical equipment, their patients could develop deadly infections. It’s shocking to think that educated medical professionals would fail to sterilize, but surprisingly it happens frequently. If you feel as if your hospital room or doctor are not sanitary speak up, it could save your life.

Medication Errors: Prescribing the wrong drug or administering the wrong dosage can cause a dangerous, and even deadly reaction. According Health.USNews, each year 1.5 million Americans suffer adverse effects due to physician prescribed medication. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your medication and any possible side effects.

Preventable Falls: According to statistics about a million hospitalized Americans fall each year, and at least a third of the falls could be prevented. If you or a loved one are admitted into a hospital ask the staff to assess your fall risk and make staff aware of medications that may make you drowsy or unstable.

Remember, as a patient, or a loved one of a patient, speak up if something seems off. If you or a loved one were hurt due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital contact us today. 

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