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Medical mistakes can have fatal consequences

The majority of medical malpractice claims filed against primary care physicians in the U.S. are the result of serious but preventable medical mistakes. In fact, according to a recent review of studies published in the last two years, the most common reasons patients file medical malpractice claims against primary care doctors involve medication errors and missed diagnosis. Maryland readers may find the following blog on the failure to diagnose and medication errors interesting.

The high price of preventable doctor errors

Doctor errors can occur at anytime and for any reason. Unfortunately, because of the very nature of the business doctor errors can result in serious and sometimes life-altering results for Maryland patients. When such events do occur, especially in cases involving preventable accidents, the injured party may have a medical malpractice case as an option. A recent malpractice case out of Washington state may be of interest to some readers.

Alarm-related patient injuries on the rise in U.S. hospitals

Hospitals are noisy. To deal with the noise, staff will occasionally reduce the volume on electronic devices, sometimes shutting them off or simply ignoring them. Unfortunately, such behavior can result in serious, even fatal consequences. In fact, due to an increase in alarm-related incidents stemming from hospital negligence, the Joint Commission that accredits hospitals in the U.S. is making alarm safety a top priority.

Communication breakdown leading cause of diagnostic errors

Diagnostic errors such as misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose an illness can be incredibly dangerous to a patient's health, especially if the patient is suffering from a chronic disease like cancer. Chronic disease is defined as a condition of long duration and slow progression that can be controlled but not necessarily cured. Cancers, like many chronic diseases, are most treatable if they are detected and treated early.

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