Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pediatrician Errors

This is why you get to pick your own doctor. You have a lot of choices. It's up to you to pick one who doesn't make a ton of mistakes. I think it's crazy to think a doctor would never make a mistake. They are human. But it is certainly true that some are better than others. What do you think about this study?

FROM NBC: A new study finds just over half of pediatricians admit to making medical errors at least once a month.

The anonymous survey of 726 doctors also found that just under half admit to making a mistake that harms a patient at least once a year. The most common errors were diagnosing a virus as a bacterial infection and not recognizing the side effects of a medication.

While not dangerous, prescribing antibiotics for viruses increases a child's risk for antibiotic resistance. 48-percent of doctors blamed most mistakes on a lack of information about a patient's medical history or a failure to review charts.

FROM AAP: Although medication errors in hospitals are common, medication errors that result in death or serious injury occur rarely. Even before the Institute of Medicine reported on medical errors in 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics and its members had been committed to improving the health care system to provide the best and safest health care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. This commitment includes designing health care systems to prevent errors and emphasizing the pediatrician’s role in this system. Human and device errors can lead to preventable morbidity and mortality. National and state legislative actions have heightened public awareness of these events.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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