When we go to a doctor’s office or hospital, the last thing we want to worry about is a mistake being made. However, doctors are only human as well, so mistakes are inevitable. Medical errors that lead to injuries or a worsened condition can be grounds for a medical malpractice case. Here are some of the most common medical errors.
It can sometimes be difficult to determine what condition a patient has because a lot of conditions share similar symptoms. If a doctor misdiagnoses you with something else, they may give you the wrong medications, which can cause injury. If they are delayed in giving you a diagnosis at all because they can’t determine what it is, your condition may worsen in that time. These medical errors can potentially be detrimental to patient’s health.
It is important that patients are prescribed the proper medication as well as the proper dosage. It is estimated that these medical errors affect around 1.5 million people each year in the U.S. Sometimes, the doctor is at fault for this, but it could also be a mistake of the pharmacy as well. Medication errors can be a result of a misdiagnosis as well, leading to the wrong treatment being given to a patient.
During surgery, it is the anesthesiologist’s job to ensure that the patient has the proper dosage of anesthesia and that their vitals remain in good condition throughout the surgery. Medical errors regarding anesthesia can be some of the most dangerous. This is because too much of it can cause a patient to not wake up, while too little can lead to a very traumatic experience of waking up in the middle of a surgical procedure without the ability to move or communicate.
Surgical procedures are very delicate and risky, which is why there is always a chance of mistakes occurring. Because there are so many mistakes that can be made during a surgery, they make up for about one third of all medical malpractice claims. Surgical errors can be anything from leaving a tool inside a patient to performing the wrong procedure on a patient.
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