Most people probably think they are in good hands when they see their doctor or check into the hospital for treatment. In most cases, that is probably true, but doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are as human as the rest of us, and they do make mistakes from time to time. Unfortunately, the mistakes they make can easily cost someone their life. As much as it may be the natural inclination for us to trust the people that are responsible for our medical care, it makes sense to be vigilant, and stay aware of everything being done to you while in the hospital, or your doctor’s office. Here are some of the most common medical mistakes that you should definitely be on the lookout for.
Many of the medications that doctors prescribe or administer in a hospital environment can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. Even a small error with a powerful medication can result in a fatality. To make sure you are getting the medication you need, you can talk with your pharmacist just to make sure the type of medication and dosage seems correct. In the hospital you can always speak up and ask a doctor or nurse what kind of medication they are giving you, and even ask them to see the container.