Top Medical Mistakes – Part #1

A recent article on CNN Health, ‘10 Shocking Medical Mistakes,’ goes through a number of common medical errors with personal stories to illustrate real life examples. This post is focused on the actual medical mistakes – click here to see the personal stories in slideshow form on

Today we will look at the first five of the common medical mistakes. Check back later to get Part #2 of this post containing the rest of the list.

Mistake #1 – Treating the wrong patient – Occasionally, at a busy hospital, staff fails to verify a patient’s identity. This can lead to severe complications. CNN suggests that a patient (or accompanying friends or family) verifies that hospital staff checks the entire name, date of birth and any hospital identification (wristband, etc.) of the patient before any procedure.

Mistake #2 – Surgical tools left behind – If surgical staff fails to keep track of the equipment used in an operation or procedure, it can lead to tools/equipment being left inside a patient. CNN’s suggestion is to immediately contact hospital staff if you are experiencing any unexpected pain, swelling or fever after an operation. This won’t prevent the complication, but it will help ensure that you take care of the problem as soon as possible.

Mistake #3 – Wandering patients – Patients who are disoriented, or who suffer from dementia are prone to wandering. They can find their way out of their hospital room, or the building. Once a disoriented patient is out on their own they are at risk of being trapped, lost leading to hypothermia and dehydration. CNN’s suggestion for prevention; obtain a GPS tracking bracelet, and you will always know the whereabouts of your loved one.

Mistake #4 – Imposter Doctors – Unlicensed and disreputable medical personnel lack the proper training and background to properly treat a patient’s ailments. Con-artists impersonating doctors will ‘play the part’ to make a quick buck. Their treatments often backfire. Instead of healing a patient they cause further harm. CNN recommends that a patient confirms online that their doctor is a licensed and reputable professional.

Mistake #5 – Long waits in the ER – Overcrowded emergency rooms leave injured patients to wait for long periods of time. In some cases, these extended wait times lead to more severe medical complications. To combat these wait times CNN suggests calling your personal doctor. If your condition warrants, your doctor will call ahead to the emergency room paving your way to necessary medical care.

Medical mistakes are tragic and can cause long term problems for affected patients. If you ever find yourself a victim of one of these indiscretions contact the Law Offices of James Morris immediately. We have valuable experience in medical malpractice lawsuits, and will give you the personal support that you deserve.

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