Beware of the Most Common Hospital Mistakes

Most people expect that when they enter a hospital they will get the right care and treatment for their medical condition. Unfortunately, mistakes in hospitals are all too common. Problems and errors can occur, and when they do, they can cause serious injuries, or death. Patients and their families need to beware of the most common hospital mistakes.

Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose

Misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose a medical condition can cause significant harm to a patient. When a medical condition is not properly determined, the correct treatment cannot be rendered. In many circumstances, the sooner a condition is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of recovery will be. In some cases, an improper diagnosis may even contribute to the death of a patient.

Errors in the Administration of Medication

Medications can often help relieve symptoms and can prevent a problem from worsening. If a mistake is made in prescribing the wrong medication, or in administering the medication incorrectly, the patient’s condition may become worse. There are also concerns regarding the interaction of various medications with each other, which must be adequately reviewed before providing them.

Mistakes Made During a Surgical Procedure

Errors may happen during surgeries or medical procedures. Instruments may be left inside patients, improper care can be taken during surgery, or the procedure may be performed on the incorrect area, among other things. These mistakes can happen for a number of reasons such as when surgeons are not properly trained, do not have sufficient assistance, or are overworked.

Inadequate Patient Post-Surgical Care

Medical complications can happen if inadequate post-surgical care is rendered. Infections are among the most common problems that happen after a medical procedure was performed. The incision area must be properly cared for, or an infection could develop. Once an infection starts, it can be difficult to treat. An infection can easily worsen, and spread throughout the body.

Prevention of Medical Mistakes in Hospitals

Patients need to be observant of any possible problems while in the hospital. If there are any concerns, it is best to bring them to the attention of a medical professional immediately. When receiving a diagnosis, obtain a second opinion before undergoing surgery. If you feel you are the victim of a medical mistake, an attorney is able to help. An experienced personal injury lawyer will evaluate your situation and gather the information necessary to file a claim.  Call the skilled lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss your case today.

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