Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Avoiding Medical Record Mistakes
A study shows that every patient seen in a hospital setting is at risk of a major medical error that could be considered Connecticut medical malpractice. Conducted by the ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that researches and studies patient safety, this study shows that Connecticut patients (and all patients nationwide) are subject to a mix-up in medical records.
A medical records mishap can have lasting effects, including the most tragic. Injuries sustained from these types of mix-ups could include operating on the wrong body part, following a do not resuscitate order for the wrong patient, ordering and administering drugs when a person is allergic, and so many more. Here are a few ways you can help avoid a misidentification.
- Upon registration at a healthcare facility or hospital, have the registration person repeat your full name, date of birth and address. This seems very basic, however there have been instances where patients with the same name and date of birth have been mixed-up.
- Prior to a procedure, make sure the staff reconfirms your identity as well as repeating the procedure you or your loved one are scheduled for.
- If you have any drug allergies, make sure you repeat them as you deem necessary.
- If a surgeon or physician has prescribed a treatment plan, reconfirm with the nurse prior to receiving any medications, if possible.
If you or a loved one were the victim of an identity mishap at a hospital or healthcare facility, find out if you have a Connecticut medical malpractice case. Our team of experienced attorneys will begin both a medical and legal investigation into your case.