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Medical Errors Are Human Errors
Physicians are human and they make mistakes. Unfortunately, medical errors all too frequently have terrible consequences. Not only can crippling injuries happen, but also death can result from physician error. Medical errors are preventable. Moreover, they should be taken seriously when they happen. This adverse affect of care can be very harmful whether or not intent is evident. Medical errors are human errors. This happens when a healthcare provider chooses an inappropriate method of care. Comparatively, ineffectively executing a proper method of care can also result in a mistake.
Poor communication in addition to similarly named medications result in a huge problem. Medical errors are associated with inexperienced doctors in addition to incompetent nurses. Additionally, new procedures, extreme age, and urgent care can also play a role. Patients actions may also contribute significantly to medical errors. For example, a patient may act out of their own misjudgment. Human Error is responsible for 80% of adverse events in complex healthcare systems. The vast majority result from faulty systems in addition to poorly designed processes.
The kinds of medical mistakes that can cause injury to a patient include the following:
- Failure to diagnose and treat Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
- Negligent surgery on cervical spine disks (i.e., anterior cervical diskectomy with fusion)
- Failure to diagnose and treat infection
- Negligent surgery on lumbar spine (i.e., lumbar diskectomy with fusion)
- Medication mismanagement
- Failure to diagnose and respond to fetal distress during labor and delivery
- Mismanagement of forceps during labor and delivery
- Fail to respond appropriately to shoulder dystocia during labor and delivery
- Failure to diagnose and treat infection in the newborn in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
- Fail to respond to abnormal laboratory and other diagnostic reports
- Failure to timely respond to a medical emergency
- Fail to diagnose and treat breast cancer and cancer of other organs
- Negligently performed laparoscopic cholecystectomy (“Lap Choly”)
- Negligence – performed cardiovascular surgery (i.e. carotid endartectomy)
- Negligently performed bariatric surgery (i.e. Roux-en-y)
There are many reasons for inappropriate care including failing to comply with safety standards. There are many types of error and casualty is poorly determined. Medical errors are the most common medical mistake. An estimated 1.5 million people are affected every year. Only 1% of hospital admissions result in an adverse event. However mistakes are likely much more common. For example, if a doctor fails to order a mammogram, that will not show up in many studies.
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