Medical Mistakes: Medication errors, wrong diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, hospital deaths, surgical mistakes, dangerous drugs
Nearly 200,000 Americans die each year in hospitals as a result of preventable medical errors, according to one HealthGrades study. A Journal of the American Medical Association Study (JAMA) study found that 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors. These statistics indicate that medical errors are a national epidemic. The causes of these preventable deaths are many, but some of the most common are:
- Bed Sores
- Post Operative Sepsis
- Post Operative Pulmonary Embolism
- Failure To Rescue
Misdiagnoses of cancer, failure to treat infections, and delayed diagnoses are also significant causes of injury and death. Prescription medication mistakes and cosmetic surgery mistakes and plastic surgery mistakes can also be fatal for patients.
If you have suffered injury or death as a result of a doctor’s mistake or a hospital’s mistake, contact me for an initial case evaluation.
The AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality is a good resource for patient safety information. The AHRQ is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.