We all think of a hospital as a place where patients go to be treated and cared for. While this is very much true, it is also true that some patients end up worse off after a hospital visit or stay. Although this could be simply associated with a patient's condition or illness getting worse, it could also be associated to medical errors and mistakes made by medical professionals.
Based on current statistics and research, if a patient is older than 65, there is a greater than 14 percent chance that a hospital visit will make that patient sicker. Additional research suggests that as many as 440,000 patients die annually due to preventable medical errors occurring in hospital sin the U.S. That equates to more than 1,000 preventable deaths each and every day.
What are the leading medical errors making patients sicker? To begin, there is a lack of transparency in the medical industry. There are also few reporting mandates, which means that errors are not always reported or even tracked. This means that the general public is not often aware of medical errors when they occur.
It was found that having the most skilled surgeons and medical professionals do not matter if the staff is not well trained and does not work together. Communication among medical professionals, especially when several specialists are treating a patient, is vital. Better outcomes are likely when commination is timely and effective. Thus, miscommunication could be the cause of misdiagnosis or medication errors.
If you have been harmed by medical errors, it is important to understand your rights. A harmed patient could hold a negligent medical professional accountable though a medical malpractice suit. This legal actin could also help with the recovery of compensation, which could help offset medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Source: Poststar.com, "Hidden hospital dangers: Experts track errors that can be fatal or make patients sicker," Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli, Nov. 19, 2017