Thursday, February 7, 2013

Expensive Medical Errors

According to research published in Health Affairs, medical mistakes have cost more than 250,000 individuals their lives and have cost the country more than $17 billion annually. The most common errors are drug mistakes and pressure ulcers followed by post-operative infections and the presence of persistent back pain after surgery.

Medication mistakes affect more than 1.5 million people annually and fixing the drug-related injuries costs the country approximately $3.5 billion a year.

Experts say that better communication among medical providers is one of the first steps towards reducing the number of prescription-related errors. To help reduce other errors, proper identification of patients is the most important, followed by double checking to see that the patient is being cared for the way they are supposed to be.

Remember to stay informed on procedures and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or report on anything you have doubts on while being treated.

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At Snyder & Wenner, we strive to keep the community safe when hospital care is involved. We have become patient safety advocates by representing patients who have been harmed from hospital error. If you know someone who has been seriously injured from a hospital error, please contact us.
Snyder and Wenner, P.C.
2200 E. Camelback Road
Suite 213
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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