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When doctors fail to take action

With today's highly advanced technologies, it can be hard to believe that severe medical mistakes continue to happen. However, many of these errors do not involve tools or equipment, but the medical professionals themselves. Human error is a natural part of life for Connecticut residents and the rest of the world, but the failure to take proper action after a mistake has occurred is simply unacceptable. 

The Patient Safety Network defines surgical errors and shares the most common types of mistakes made in the operating room. Most commonly, surgeons perform surgeries on the patient's wrong side; this mistake accounts for 59 percent of all medical errors. The second-most common mistake, according to the PSN, involves the right side of the patient, but the wrong site. The wrong procedure and even the wrong patient were other types of mistakes highlighted in PSN's article. While surgical mishaps are rarer than mistakes such as misdiagnoses and incorrect prescription dosages, they can become incredibly dangerous.      

On top of the frustrations patients experience when dealing with a surgical error, they often deal with a difficult medical professional. Physician's Weekly spends time questioning why, exactly, so few doctors are willing to admit to their mistakes. PW shares that only eight states have laws that forbid admission of fault in court, and that the waters can become muddied with varying state regulations. Referring to studies from JAMA and Medscape, PW reveals the unsettling fact that 81 percent of participating doctors felt that an apology would not have made the situation any better. The JAMA network specifically has recently pressed for an improved safety culture across all medical facilities. Admitting fault not only gives the patient deserved respect; it can even speed up the process of addressing the damage.    




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