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Common ways that medication errors happen

Medication errors are frightening, because most patients don't know what they're supposed to be taking or what to expect. If the doctor or nurse gives you two white pills and tells you to take them, are you going to honestly have any idea if the pills should actually be blue or if you should never take more than one? Most people just take the drugs as directed and hope the medical staff is right.

Could your surgeon be double booked?

You probably wouldn't appreciate your hair stylist double booking you with another client and trying to resolve the issue by moving back and forth from chair to chair, working on both haircuts at the same time. How would you feel about it if your surgeon did essentially the same thing while you were under anesthesia, moving from one operating room to the next?

Do people often sue for a failure to diagnose?

If you've ever had a doctor fail to diagnose your issue properly, or diagnose it as the wrong disorder, you know how detrimental it can be. However, you be wondering if this is a common problem or if you really just got unlucky and your case is an outlier.

Massachusetts hospital errors continue to threaten patient safety

Should your ability to get safe medical care depend on what hospital you choose? You may not even have a choice, depending on the circumstances. If you're brought to a hospital by ambulance in an emergency, it's unlikely that you have the luxury of stopping to ask the emergency medical technicians if they know the facility's safety ratings before they leave you there. Yet, your life may actually depend on that very information.

Electronic records can be important evidence of malpractice

Electronic health or medical records are increasingly replacing paper files in doctor's offices nationwide. Designed to streamline patient medical care, they include everything from your vital signs taken by the intake nurse on the day of your appointment to the results of the lab work that you had done a few days later on your doctor's orders.