According to a report by a liability insurer, diagnostic errors were the most common reason for medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017. The report discovered that rates of malpractice claims related to such errors have not declined in recent years. This is despite the fact that this has been the case for other causes of medical malpractice claims in Illinois and throughout the country. The study took a look at 10,618 cases over the four-year time period to come to its conclusions.
Pharmacists routinely help patients in Illinois receive the medications they need while also giving them general advice on various health matters. While these trained professionals often take precautions to avoid oversights, one study estimates that 21 percent of medication errors that affect patients might be related to issues with dispensing. However, a proactive approach with how prescriptions are managed on the part of both pharmacists and patients could minimize medication errors.
When getting medical treatment at a hospital, you might receive care from many different doctors and nurses. It is not uncommon to be seen by dozens of medical professionals during a hospital stay. With such large care teams, good communication among the different members of the team is very important.