Repeated Medical Mistakes Lead To Texas Hospital Fatality
Today, we want to bring you a story from a Houston hospital because it highlights a pattern of medical errors. At St. Luke’s Medical Center, a woman was given a blood transfusion last year. The problem is that she was given the wrong blood type.
Medical staff did not notice that the blood sample that made it to the lab had another patient’s blood in it. The blood belonged to the person who had been in the ER room immediately before the 75-year-old woman they were currently treating. She died the following day after going into cardiac arrest multiple times.
An investigation has uncovered many lapses in care at St. Luke’s. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we take medical mistakes seriously regardless of where they occur. If you need a Dallas medical malpractice attorney, you can count on Dottie Hyde to fight for the compensation you deserve.
An Investigation Turns Up A Pattern
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just made a report on St. Luke’s public. In it, they say that the hospital struggles to meet basic care standards. Dr. Ashish Jha, a hospital quality expert, says that the labeling mistakes that led to the death discussed above seemed indicative of “a broader systemic problem.” From September of 2018 to January of 2019, an internal hospital committee identified 122 incidents of labeling problems.
The hospital’s new executives say they are taking steps to address the issues, but we need to look at the bigger problem.
- Johns Hopkins researchers say that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US.
It is estimated that more than 250,000 people die each year due to the errors made by healthcare professionals. Many millions more survive medical mistakes and are left dealing with the consequences.
What Can Happen?
Think about how many healthcare professionals you see on an annual basis. Most of us see far more than hospital doctors and nurses. We regularly encounter pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, and all of their staff. We probably see our primary care physician. Any of these healthcare workers can make a mistake.
The most common errors that occur revolve around:
- Mistakes when dispensing medications
- Healthcare-acquired infections
- Surgical mistakes
- Misdiagnosis and delayed treatment
When we visit healthcare workers, we expect to receive a high standard of medical care at all times. Unfortunately, there are times when overworked or undertrained healthcare workers cause further injuries to patients.
What You Can Do
Medical mistakes are far too prevalent and those responsible for them need to be held accountable for their actions. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you will have a Dallas medical malpractice attorney by your side who will fight to get the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Recovery of lost income and benefits
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages