What is a medical error?
The term medical error may be new to you. A medical error is a preventable adverse effect of care, whether or not it is evident or harmful to the patient. This might include an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis or treatment of a disease, injury, syndrome, behavior, infection, or other ailments.
- Your son tests positive for COVID-19 and is admitted to the hospital. Due to the lack of masks your son’s caregiver isn’t able to stop the spread of the infection and is also infected. This is preventable.
- Your grandmother goes into the hospital for a hip replacement and gets an infection at the site of her surgery and dies five days later. This is preventable.
- Your neighbor has an asthma attack during allergy season and goes to the emergency department for relief. The medication they give to your neighbor is 10x’s stronger than it should be and he dies. This is preventable.
- Your brother is in a skateboarding accident, hits his head and becomes unconscious. In the hospital, they put a tube in his trachea, and it becomes dislodged and he dies. This is preventable.