Posted in on January 23, 2008

Important Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors From Happening to You

There are an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 people that die in U.S. hospitals each year as a result of medical errors. Medical errors are one of the Nation’s foremost reasons of death along with car accidents, breast cancer and AIDS.

Medical errors can happen anywhere such as in hospitals, clinics, outpatient surgery centers, doctors’ offices and nursing homes. Such errors occur when something that is planned as a part of medical care doesn’t work out as it should or is done wrong. Errors can include medicines, surgery, wrong diagnosis, the equipment, or lab reports.

In order to help prevent medical errors from happening to you, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality advises prevention with 20 tips. To see the full list of tips, please click here.

The most important thing you can do to help prevent medical errors is to be involved in your health care, make your own decisions and inquiries. To find out detailed information about local Colorado hospitals and patient safety and quality, please refer to the Hospital Report Card resource.

The attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC, are here to help with your medical malpractice claim if such an error affects you or your family. Our medical malpractice attorneys possess the experience, knowledge, innovation, know-how, and financial resources required to effectively handle your medical negligence case. For more information on how we can help, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice.

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