Many of us are busy every day, stressed and stretched beyond our limits. We take on more than we should and that can lead to little mistakes here and there. For most of us, mistakes aren’t too costly and can be fixed, but in the medical profession, any misstep can cost a life.
One of the fastest-growing problems in hospitals and doctors’ offices is the incorrect administration of medication, known in the industry as “med errs”. Poor handwriting, lack of communication and absence of efficient check systems can lead to critical, life-threatening errors. The FDA and the ISMP (Institute for Safe Medical Practices) have recently launched a campaign to educate health care practitioners and help to reduce the number of medicine mistakes, including discouraging the use of ambiguous medical terms that can easily be misinterpreted.
With a flawed medical system, it’s more important than ever to be proactive with your medical care; don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel something isn’t right! Consumer advocacy group The Society for Participatory Medicine is pushing for better access to medical records, and encouraging the patient to take a better role in decision-making.
If you or someone you know has been adversely affected by the mishandling of medication or an incorrect diagnosis, the skilled attorneys at The Frickey Law Firm may be able to help. Call 303-558-6179 for a free consultation. Don’t let fear keep you from protecting yourself and your family from the potential long-term effects of inefficient medical care.
Rated “Tier 1” in the U.S. News “Best Law Firms” 2013 report, The Frickey Law Firm specializes in Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation, and has been an advocate for the citizens of Colorado for more than 50 years. With offices in Lakewood and Denver, The Frickey Law Firm also serves the residents of Wheat Ridge, Aurora, Cherry Creek, Westminster, Commerce City, Arvada, Thornton, Broomfield, Greeley, Sterling, Longmont, and the entire Denver Metropolitan Area.