Top 5 Medical Errors Made in Hospitals

by Staff | February 19th, 2014

Patients put their health and their lives in the hands of the doctors who are treating them. But too often, negligent care by physicians and medical staff in hospitals results in a patient being injured or killed. The Indiana Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the 5 most common hospital medical mistakes are:

  • Patients Being Discharged Too Soon – One in 10 Medicare patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to continued health complications.
  • Infections Acquired In the Hospital – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 1.7 million Americans acquire infections at hospitals each year, resulting in approximately 100,000 deaths.
  • Medication Errors – Mistakes in dosage result in 1.5 million Americans suffering a drug injury each year.
  • Unnecessary Tests and Procedures – Increased exposure means an increased chance of an accident occurring.
  • Misdiagnosis – A doctor failing to correctly identify a patient’s condition can result in incorrect or delayed treatment, which could cause serious harm.

Many hospitals and doctor’s offices will acknowledge these medical mistakes as a significant problem in the industry and take necessary precautions to prevent such errors. If you or a loved one has been harmed while under the care of a doctor, the Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you.

 

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