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How to handle errors as a medical professional

It is not uncommon for newly-registered North Carolina nurses to take several years to become fully acclimated to their working environment. With patients taking up to 20 medications per day combined with a lack of experience, the odds are good that those new to the nursing profession will make mistakes. However, it is possible to recover from a mistake regardless of how embarrassing it may feel to make it.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that up to 98,000 deaths occur each year in hospitals because of medical errors. Medication errors are among the most common with alarm fatigue also a common reason why errors occur, according to the Joint Commission. However, a variety of factors can result in an error such as fatigue or failure to follow hospital policy. If an error is made, it is important that it is acknowledged.

An error doesn't necessarily have to be discovered by a medical professional. The patient's family or even patients themselves may discover that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. The top priority should always be to look out for the safety of the patient. If necessary, adjustments should be made to the type of medication a patient receives or new medication given to counteract the potential effects of the error.

Medical malpractice litigation can be grounded on hospital negligence as well as an error made by a doctor. This type of negligence can include giving a patient the wrong medication or a wrong dosage. People who have been harme din such a manner may want to meet with an attorney to discuss their options.

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