This Halloween we are launching the first in a series of blog posts about something really SCARY – Healthcare.
You may be surprised to learn that medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States surpassed only by cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Hospitals can be scarier than any house of horror. It is estimated that more than 130,000 errors occur each month in the nation’s hospitals. Each month!!!
Deaths due to medical errors have increased to about 210,000-440,000 per year.
Some of the most common medical errors—and this is scary–
- Medication errors-
- Wrong site surgery
- Failure to identify the correct patient — Care provided to the wrong person
Unlike cardiovascular disease and cancer, there are few public campaigns aimed at preventing the occurrence of medical errors. Efforts to reduce medical errors are leaving out the most important stakeholders: PATIENTS!
Putting Patients in Patient Safety
It is time for us to become smarter about our healthcare! Many medical errors are preventable, and patients are a key element to creating systems of care to minimize error and improve safety.
A few tips for protecting yourself and those you care about:
- Don’t go alone! Just as we don’t allow children to trick-or-treat alone, anyone receiving healthcare is by definition vulnerable and should have a care companion/support person with them. Learn more…
- Wash away the scary bugs! Make sure that all caregivers including your physician wash their hands before they touch you. Who knows what monster they were treating before they arrived to care for you! Learn more…
- Don’t be afraid to ask! If something doesn’t make sense, ask. Healthcare is complicated and confusing. Bring a list of questions and paper and pen to write down notes about your care. Learn more…
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