In a recent post, we wrote about a surgeon who operated on the wrong eye of her patient. Because medical malpractice is unnervingly common in New York, we followed-up with a list of things patients can do to help prevent surgical errors.
In that post, we discussed three tips to help prevent medical mistakes. The tips included questioning the surgeon, questioning the operating team and clearly identifying yourself each time a new member of the medical staff talks with you. Today, we have three more tips that can help eliminate wrong-side surgeries, operating on the wrong patient and other medical nightmares.
Doctors are responsible for protecting the safety of their patients. However, the president of the National Patient Safety Foundation said that patients can also play a large role in their health. Involvement is key, and it’s imperative to be proactive about protecting your health.
Source: CNN Health, “Patients, beware of wrong-side surgeries,” Sabriya Rice, 28 April 2011