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What are ways to reduce medical errors?

Many Houston residents will need to see the doctor each year. Some residents will also have serious conditions that might require emergency room visits or hospital stays. In these situations, medical errors can occur. There are some ways that these medical errors and medical negligence can be reduced to help reduce serious injuries.

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease and cancer are the only ailments that cause more deaths. There are ways that these medical errors can be reduced. One way is when a doctor orders a test the patient should questions why the test is necessary and if there are any risks involved. Also questioning if the results of the test will change the treatment plan could help reduce errors.

When a patient is in the hospital and a nurse is giving medication, it is important to ask what the medication is and what it is for. If something doesn't seem right, don't take the medication. When a patient receives a treatment plan they should discuss with their doctor why the treatment plan was selected and if there are any alternatives. Finally, a patient should research their doctor. The doctor should be board certified in their specialty. If a patient is undergoing surgery, they should select a doctor who does a high volume of the same surgeries.

A patient can do everything right and still wind up with an unexpected medical error. These medical errors can cause serious injuries, a worsened condition or even death to a patient. If a patient believes they were the victim of a medical error, they may want to speak with a legal professional who specializes in medical malpractice. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

No one ever expects they will become the victim of medical malpractice. But thousands of Americans die from a medical mistake each year. It is important to hold negligent doctors accountable for their mistakes so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source: health.usnews.com, "Preventing medical errors: What you need to know," Dr. Kevin Campbell, June 2, 2016

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