Pennsylvania residents who need to have medical treatment are placing their trust in their doctor and the facility. It is unfortunate that there are instances when that trust is misplaced and there is a mistake. While many errors do not cause damage to the patient, there are others that can lead to a worsening of the condition, injury and death. The Centers for Disease Control states that as many as a quarter of a million people die due to medical errors annually. Medical facilities have certain steps they are taking to try and reduce this number. It is important for patients to be aware of who is most at risk and what the dangers are to keep an eye on potential mistakes that might have injured or killed a loved one.
Hospitals are advised to keep an eye on those who are most vulnerable. Some groups are at higher risk than others. Patients who are isolated, those who do not speak English, people who are dealing with chronic diseases, and those taking multiple medications are in greater jeopardy. This is because there are more ways in which a mistake can be made. Another problem is when injectable medications are being prepared. It was found that nearly one out of ten were not prepared correctly.