According to a study done at Boston Children's Hospital, about one in 10 parents saw mistakes that doctors missed. The study included observing safety incidents on two pediatric units.
You never want to visit an emergency room, however, this could happen when you least expect it. After all, this is why it's called an "emergency" room.
Imagine this: You become ill or suffer an injury. As a result, you have no choice but to see a doctor or immediately visit the closest hospital.
People who go into the hospital don't usually expect to leave the hospital in worse shape than what they were when they went in. It is understandable that some people might not feel as well when they leave in some instances, such as if they had major surgery and are suffering from soreness because of the surgery. Still, hospitals are seen as places to get medical care and get healthy.
Greenville doctors are expected to make sound health care decisions on the behalf of their patients. Unfortunately, a patient's blind trust can contribute to medical errors.
When LASIK eye surgery first started, people were naturally pretty nervous about it. After all, it required a laser to be used on the eye, working to correct the vision. Perhaps it was just the culture of science fiction movies, but people didn't really like the idea of a laser coming in contact with their eyes, and so they approached this development warily.
In the medical field, "never events" is the term used to describe errors that should never occur. While never events are rare, these preventable errors still occur in North Carolina and throughout the country.
Concierge medicine began in 2000, and it is available in some North Carolina cities. The largest group concierge medicine practice is MDVIP, which has about 800 physicians in 41 states. Those seeking care from MDVIP physicians pay a membership fee annually. In exchange, patients are promised quick access to their doctor and exceptional care because physicians limit their patient load to ensure adequate time for personalized care.
A North Carolina man was awarded $1.5 million by a jury after a surgery left him blind in one eye. An ophthalmologist and two medical practices were named in the lawsuit after an alleged drug mix-up during a cataract surgery in 2008.
A new study concerning medical errors may catch the attention of Greenville patients. According to an analysis performed by a toxicologist and published in the Journal of Patient Safety, as many as 440,000 patients die each year as the result of a hospital error. The study indicates that medical mistakes account for the third biggest cause of death in the country.