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Common medical errors in the United States

When you visit a health care professional, you place your trust in him or her to assess, diagnose and treat any medical conditions that you are dealing with. Mistakes in the medical field can have devastating consequences for patients that blindly trust their physicians, nurses and pharmacists. More than 200,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from medical errors that are preventable, and many more suffer from the mistakes even if they do not die from them. One step to protect yourself from medical errors and the long-term effects of them is to be aware of the most common types of medical errors.

Do patients underestimate the risk of medical error?

When you go into the hospital for surgery, your thoughts are likely focused on the immediate task at hand. You put your trust in the doctors and nurses who attend you, and although you are experiencing anxiety, you are probably comforted by their professionalism and the efficient way they go about prepping you for the operation. However, once the surgery is over, you find to your horror that the surgeon operated on the wrong shoulder. How could this happen?

Nearly 30 percent of patients in rehabilitation hospitals are injured by medical errors

Rehabilitation hospitals provide services for people who are recovering from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes and other debilitating conditions. Patients attend these facilities on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on their specific needs. Rehabilitation hospitals, like every other kind of hospital, must provide proper care for their patients.

Will an open approach to admitting medical errors help patients?

In the aftermath of a medical error that causes severe harm to a patient, hospitals typically go to great lengths to avoid admitting fault. Generally speaking, hospitals and their staff will deny acts of negligence, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.

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