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Watching Out For Medical Errors

In this time of a major medical crisis, it is important to revisit safety topics related to medical errors, regardless of what type of medical condition you might have.  The following is from one of our older blog posts, but the material is very timely and relevant for what our area and nation are going through right now! I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy.

Are you knowledgeable about medical errors? Do you know what warning signs to look for? Well, luckily for you, a recent article by Becker’s Healthcare just listed the top 10 things you need to know about medical errors. Some of them include things like the most common preventable medical errors (spoilers: they include infections and medication errors). Medical errors are occurring on the state level to varying degrees. For example, about 25% of Massachusetts residents have experienced a medical error in the past five years, according to a Harvard research study.

So, what are health professionals doing about this? Well, according to the Becker article, “In June 2015, the National Patient Safety Foundation released guidelines developed to help healthcare organizations improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events and near misses. NPSF, with a grant from The Doctors Company Foundation, convened a panel of experts and stakeholders to examine best practices around root cause analyses and developed new standardized guidelines.”

Want to know more? Read the original article here:

If you’ve been the victim of a medical error, it may be time to seek legal counsel. Also especially important, If you have been the victim of an erroneous prescription and have suffered significantly as a result, it is crucial to hold on to the medication vial. It is important both legally and medically (so medical professionals know how to help you and what went wrong). If you feel that you’ve been a victim of a serious medical mistake, it may be time to seek legal counsel. Attorney Doug Stoehr is skilled in taking these types of claims and is your local hometown lawyer who can get the job done! Contact his Altoona, PA area office at 814-515-9074 for your free initial consultation.