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Preventable Medical Errors in Hawaii | Medical Malpractice Attorneys


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10/2/2013
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According to the Leapfrog Group, over 1 million patients are injured in U.S. hospitals each year due to preventable medical errors. Tragically, over 100,000 of them die, placing preventable medical errors among the top causes of death in this country.

Preventable medical errors arise in various shapes and forms in Hawaii and throughout the United States:

  • Medication Errors.

    Giving a patient the wrong medication; misdiagnosing the patient and prescribing a drug for the incorrectly diagnosed condition; and administering a medication at the wrong dosage or frequency, whether caused by a human or as the result of an equipment malfuction, top the list of medication errors that cause harm to patients.
  • Technical Errors.

    This category includes improper diagnosis of injuries, diseases, infections, and so forth (or a delayed diagnosis or a failure to diagnose). If a diagnosis is incorrect, there’s a pretty good chance that the treatment prescribed won’t do much good—and could make things a whole lot worse. Meanwhile, the true cause of the disorder is permitted to advance or intensify unabated.
  • Surgical Mistakes.

    Closing up a sponge inside a patient during surgery or puncturing an organ are two examples. Operating on the wrong body part, on the wrong side of the body, or on the wrong patient are horror stories that might make headlines and occur more than you’d think (40 times per week, according to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

Most medical staff are caring, competent, and well trained. However, it’s been estimated that 60 percent of medical negligence is committed by 6 percent of health-care practitioners. That means hospitals are permitting these wayward doctors and nurses to continue practicing without consequence—a case of standing behing negligent employees and not their patients.

If you believe you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, call a Hawaii medical malpractice attorney today to discuss your situation and ensure that your rights are protected.



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