Medical errors are often tragic events that impact the lives of patients, families, and their health providers. Unfortunately, roughly 98,000 people die every year from medical errors that could have been prevented. This figure represents more deaths than breast cancer, AIDS, or motor vehicle wrecks.
Examples of medical errors include adverse drug events, mistaken patient identities, improper transfusions, wrong-site surgeries, and pressure ulcers.
Patients should work together with their doctors and hospitals to help avoid these types of often preventable events.