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Common Medical Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Whenever you seek medical attention, you expect to receive quality care that will ultimately improve your health. However, studies show that a number of medical mistakes can cause harm or lead to the death of patients. While most of these mistakes can be prevented, doctors and patients may not always work together to avoid them. This is why it is important to be aware of the mistakes and know how to avoid them as well as the harm they can cause.

Medication Mistakes

Lack of effective communication among doctors, nurses, and various hospital departments may result in many kinds of mistakes. The results could be improper administration of drugs, missed medication, confusion over similar drug names, or patients receiving drugs with adverse side effects. 

In order to avoid this common but serious mistake, you should ensure your medical history at the hospital is both correct and recent. You should also seek clarification from the practitioners over the medication you will be taking as well. If you are a practitioner, be sure to double check files, and correctly input the information so sheets are up to date.

Misdiagnosis

This is perhaps the most common medical mistake. Misdiagnosis will either delay the necessary treatment, or introduce medication that makes your condition worse. If you would like to determine your true condition, a malpractice attorney says it is important to seek a second opinion. This will give you the confidence you need as you move forward with the correct treatment. 

Infections

A good number of people who visit treatment facilities end up acquiring infections that are totally unrelated to their original reason for visiting. Some of these infections include bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and urinary infections. 

The best way to avoid this mistake is simple and straightforward. Besides washing your hands often, you should ask doctors and nurses to do the same. It is also important to disinfect areas that are frequently touched. 

Too Much Bed Rest

While bed rest is often recommended for patients who are very ill, it is important to get up and move around immediately you are able to do so. Studies show that walking will help you to recover faster and be discharged sooner. In most cases, it is advisable that patients get out of bed at least two to three times every day if possible. Non-movement can also result in sores and bed rashes.

Chaotic Discharge

When patients are discharged from hospital before they are ready, they may have to go back to hospital to seek more treatment. Be sure you have healed and have the necessary medication and treatment to heal once you are let go.

If you believe your doctor may have made a medical mistake that adversely affected your health, you should contact an attorney. The legal expert will work with you to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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