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A closer look at medical errors that are completely preventable

While it can be tempting to fully trust medical professionals to care for you and your loved ones, doctors and nurses can still make mistakes. However, many of these errors are actually preventable with the right focus, attention and adherence to designated protocols. At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we have helped many victims of medical malpractice in New York.

According to US News, there are five specific medical errors that are quite common in the health care industry. Ironically, each of these oversights are easily preventable. Here are the types of errors you should be aware of:

  • Infections: You can get an infection from a variety of instances including unsanitary hospital conditions, poor sanitation of equipment and even exposure to another’s germs. If you begin feeling worse after receiving treatment, you may have contracted an infection related to the way you were cared for.
  • Too much blood: While having enough blood is critical to your health and well-being, too much can be harmful. Excessive blood transfusions are another common medical error.
  • Poorly placed lines: Often, health care treatments require the use of central lines to ensure you are receiving the medication you need. However, poor placement of these lines can cause infection when bacteria finds its way into the bloodstream.
  • Wrong medications: Another common error you should be aware of is receiving the wrong medication. This seemingly simple oversight can be incredibly harmful to your health.
  • Too much oxygen: This mistake is particularly common in premature infants. If you have a baby who is premature and in the hospital, make sure you ask questions to guarantee that your child is not getting too much air. 

When you are aware of the common errors that happen in the health care industry, you can be more proactive about your treatment. Your education can help you to stay protected and safe. For more information about doctor errors, visit our web page.  

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