Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Costly Medical Errors

Hey neighbors!

I know we have all heard horror stories regarding the medical profession and the errors that can be made.  Normally someone share one with you right before you are headed in for surgery or some other medical treatment.  I still remember a "friend" who came by to watch the children on the day I was having my 4 wisdom teeth removed.  I believe she shared over half an hour of descriptions od dental disasters.  Needless to say, by the time I arrived at the dentist's office, my blood pressure was pretty high.  He had to wait for it to lower before he could proceed.

Anyway, although the above story is slightly humorous, medical errors do occur and probably more often then we think.  Another dental example is when my husband was a dental tech a dentist he was working for filled the wrong tooth.  It was completely on the wrong side of the man's mouth.  When my husband pointed it out, the dentist told the man he noticed another cavity and to set up an appointment on his way out.

I am not writing this to cause fear, but to make you aware that medical error does occur, and that it can happen to 1 in 4 patients.  Statistics show that some doctors are even repeat offenders.  Medical error can include, misdiagnosis, incorrect diagnosis, and wrong site surgeries.  You can find more information HERE.

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you again soon.

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