Elizabeth Cohen, CNN’s senior medical correspondent, has posted Medical Mistakes: Patient’s Stores: 10 Shocking Medical Mistakes.
In a well-written piece, citing real examples of patient victims, Cohen outlines 10 common medical mistakes that represent easily prevented, easily corrected medical malpractice. These mistakes are estimated to cause more than 250,000 deaths per year in the U.S., and injuries to millions more.
1. Treating the wrong patient–failing to identify the patient;
2. Surgical “souvenirs”–surgical instruments and sponges left in patients;
3. Lost patients–dementia patients being lost or wandering off;
4. Fake doctors–people posing as doctors or doctors who have had their licenses revoked continuing to practice;
5. ER waiting game–failure to properly triage patients;
6. Air bubbles in blood–a deadly and preventable complication of chest tubes and IV lines;
7. Operating on the wrong patient–failing to identify the correct patient and the correct procedure;
8. Infection infestation–bad hygiene by doctors and nurses;
9. Lookalike tubes–medication vials that look deceptively similar with terrible consequences;
10. Waking up during surgery–insufficient anesthesia, causing injuries when patients awake
These 10 mistakes seem so obvious, that many people think they simply can’t occur that often. But they do, with alarming frequency.
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