MEDICAL ERRORS, THE 3RD. LEADING CAUSE OF DEATHS IN THE US!

Written by John Genovesi - Author, "Are you Ready for the ER?" ebook

 

It's a shame that we have so many medical errors today in the US. There is a doctor shortage and the time we have with our primary or ER doctor is shrinking. We need to be pro-active with it comes to our health care. The more we get involved the less chance of medical errors. 

“John Hopkins University patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical errors”. 

Link: http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/03/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death

Being prepared for an emergency or hospitalization makes it easier for paramedics, nurses, and physicians. Working together, you can avoid unnecessary tests and procedures. This could save the healthcare industry billions of dollars a year, which trickles down to you the payee. This also decreases the risks of medical errors due to doctor's not having the proper information and sometimes prescribing drugs that you may be allergic to.

According to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, "one in seven Medicare patients in hospitals experience a medical error.”

Link: http://archive.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/care-planning/errors/20tips/20tips.pd

 
The following are some tips for helping avoid medical errors.
  • Have a patient advocate during a visit to the ER or hospital.

  • Look for any allergic reactions due to new medications.

  • Prepare for an emergency with a portable healthcare record. Should include allergies, medications, history, current illnesses, and past conditions.

  • Double check your prescription; your name, medication name, dosage, etc.

  • Watch and check frequently your IV or catheter for any problems. 

  • Double check your new meds that they are not on your allergy list.

  • Keep your old medical records so you or your doctor can refer back to. 

  • Tell your doctor, caregiver, a family member that something is wrong. Write your symptoms down. 

  • Communicate better with your doctor. Listen, write notes, ask questions and be prepared for your visit. 

 

I do not have all the answers, but I do hope you get a few tips from this blog. Take a few minutes and evaluate you and your families readiness for an emergency. We all need to do a better job communicating with each other - EMS, doctor's, nurses, caregivers, and patients, all working together for rapid care that can help reduce medical errors.  

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John Genovesi