Patient safety and health care quality are important. The rate of medical errors is high. Medical errors affect patient outcomes. Medical errors can be prevented.
Patient safety and health care quality are important.
Patient safety and health care quality are important. They can affect patient outcomes, and the impact of medical errors on patient outcomes is significant.
The rate of medical errors is high.
Medical errors are common, and they can be fatal. Say’s Dr Francene Gayle, in fact, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the US. According to a study published by The Journal of Patient Safety, nearly 1/3rd (30%) of all hospitalized patients experience at least one preventable adverse event during their stay–that’s approximately 4 million people each year!
The rate at which these events occur varies significantly depending on what type of hospital you’re staying in: for example, only 6% occur in academic medical centers compared to 30% in community hospitals.
Medical errors affect patient outcomes.
Medical errors can be fatal. If a medical error leads to death, it is called a “catastrophic” or “unintentional” event.
Medical errors can lead to long-term injury. Medical errors may cause permanent disability or disfigurement; they can also result in chronic pain and other long-term health problems that require additional treatment or care over time.
Medical errors can negatively affect patient trust in the medical profession as a whole, which means that patients may avoid seeking out necessary treatments for themselves and their loved ones in the future because they don’t want another bad experience with doctors who make mistakes due to negligence or carelessness on their part (i.,e., those who fail at following best practices).
Medical errors can be prevented.
Medical errors are not intentional and can be prevented. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a medical mistake, we encourage you to contact our office for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. While no amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering caused by these mistakes, it may help with expenses associated with your recovery or allow you to focus on getting well instead of worrying about finances.
Although medical errors are common and can have serious consequences for patients, there are many ways to prevent them. A key part of this is reducing the number of unnecessary procedures performed by doctors and other healthcare providers, as well as implementing electronic health records that help identify potential problems before they become life-threatening issues.