What is it about doctors that makes their handwriting so illegible? We've all heard jokes about how hard it can be to read the chicken scratch on prescription orders, but what isn't funny are the deadly mistakes that can happen when patients get the wrong pills because a written prescription was misunderstood.
Is anyone immune from telling a lie every now and then? According to a recently published study, even doctors lie to patients; 11 percent said they've told a patient or a child's guardian something that wasn't true in the past year, and about 20 percent said they haven't fully disclosed a mistake because they were afraid of being sued for medical malpractice.
You might expect that if a surgeon, nurse or other health care worker at a hospital makes an error, it would be reported, both to inform hospital managers and to avoid making the same error twice. But according to a study by the health inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hospitals recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm hospitalized Medicare patients. Such events often lead to medical malpractice lawsuits, and could lead to more if they aren't caught the first time they happen.
A recent study has many patients questioning exactly how safe they are in a hospital.
When you go to the hospital in Maryland, you have the right to expect that you will receive quality healthcare and that you will not be injured because of a medical mistake. Medical mistakes come in a variety of forms, but one area of increasing concern involves medication errors.
Medical malpractice can have terrible consequences for a patient. While many medical mistakes can be reversed, many medical errors result in permanent injury or death. There are many types of medical malpractice and medical malpractice has many causes including physician errors, surgical errors, and medication errors. Often times, medication result from mistakes made by hospital workers who are fatigued.
For people needing further confirmation that doctors are not infallible and that hospital record-keeping and procedures are not routinely accurate, an exhaustive study of medical errors committed during surgery that was recently published in the Archives of Surgery provides ample proof.