Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the US. According to a report published by the Institute of Medicine, as many as 98,000 people across the nation die in hospitals as a result of medical errors.
Physicians, government agencies, and group health care purchasers are working together to make the health care system in the country safer. That said, you can safeguard yourself from the risks of medical errors in New York.
Listed below are a few tips that will help keep you safe when undergoing medical treatment.
Understand your condition, tests and treatments recommended by your physician
Try and understand why a certain test or treatment is recommended and how it can help you. While most patients fear the outcome of understanding their condition better, it always makes sense to know why you are being administered a certain medication or are asked to take a test. This will go a long way in avoiding medical errors in New York.
Ask your physician and nurse or any other reliable source, for more information about your condition and treatment options. Treatment suggestions based on the latest research and scientific evidence are easily available from sources such as the National Guidelines Clearinghouse. You can check with your doctor if the treatment you are undergoing is indeed based on latest evidence and findings.
Update your health care team
Ensure that all the doctors involved in your treatment are aware of everything you are taking. Do not withhold any information or assume that everyone knows your medical history. Note down over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements including herbs that you may be taking and share these details with your doctor.
Your doctor must also be made aware of any allergies or reactions you may have had to certain medications in the past. This ensures that you will not be prescribed a drug that may cause harm to you.
Talk to your pharmacist
When you purchase your medication from the pharmacy, be sure to check the name on the strip of drugs. If you cannot read too well, ask the pharmacist if the medicine he is giving you is the same as your doctor has prescribed. As per a study conducted by the Allied Health Sciences along with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, approximately 88 percent of medicine errors involve a wrong dosage or wrong drug.
Medicine labels can be incoherent and hard to understand. So, feel free to ask questions about the directions listed on the label. For instance, four doses daily, could mean that you need to take the drug every 6 hours around the clock or at times only during regular waking hours.
If you are taking drugs in the form of suspension, ask your pharmacist to give you an appropriate device to measure your meds. According to research even the most intelligent people sometimes fail to understand the way to go about in measuring liquid medicine and can end up taking the wrong dose.
RMFW Law Knows Medical Errors in New York
If you have been a victim of medical errors in New York and suffered extensively due to it, you should seek the counsel of one of our reliable and fabulous medical malpractice attorneys without further delay. Contact us at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280 for a free appointment to discuss your case details with us.
We know this area of law. The aspect of the law is complex but we know how to find the medical expertise to back up your case if your case is viable. If we cannot find the medical expertise to back up your claim then you do not have a claim. It is that simple and serious.
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