When people go into an outpatient clinic or visit the emergency room, they put their trust in the physicians and other medical professionals caring for them. People rely on their medical team to find an accurate diagnosis and provide treatment that will improve the issue. Yet, some people forget that doctors and health care professionals are human and make mistakes. These mistakes, however, can cause serious long-term damage and even death to unsuspecting patients.
Often used to give fluids or medications to the critically ill or to draw blood, patients in North Carolina and elsewhere may require the placement of a central line catheter in their necks, chests, arms or groins. Should viruses or bacteria enter their bloodstreams through these lines, people may develop serious infections known as central line-associated bloodstream infections or CLASBIs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients may experience redness or soreness around the insertion site or fevers as a result of these preventable infections, and in some cases, may even suffer death.
People in North Carolina and across the United States put great trust in their healthcare professionals. In addition to diagnosing and treating conditions, performing procedures and giving therapy, patient trust that their healthcare team will keep accurate records regarding their medical care and treatment. Many medical institutions have transitioned to using electronic healthcare records as a way to keep patients’ medical history and communicate with other medical professionals. The problem lies in the fact that glitches in the electronic healthcare record system may cause medical errors that could lead to serious injuries and even patient death.