A missed cancer diagnosis, or even a delayed diagnosis, can be deadly. The cancer may still be caught, but it could be a late-stage disease by that point. Treatment may be harder or impossible, the cancer may have spread throughout the body and the odds that the disease turns fatal go up dramatically. Many cancers are treatable if they're caught early, but not if they're caught late.
Some medical mistakes happen right at the beginning of the process. The doctor makes a diagnosis, and he or she is simply wrong. For instance, you're diagnosed with viral pneumonia or bronchitis or when you really have a fungal infection.
For doctors, having little experience makes mistakes more likely. So does being overly fatigued. If these things are a risk for truck drivers and others in less high-stress professions, certainly they take a toll on doctors.
You're worried about vaccines. You've seen articles warning you about complications and injuries. You want to protect yourself and your children.
You know that fatal medical mistakes, tragic as they are, happen every year. However, do you know just how common they are? You may be shocked.
When you go in for surgery, is it obvious that you want your surgeon to be sober? It may be to you, but some doctors say this is often not the case.
Medication errors in a hospital setting can be serious and even fatal. Unfortunately, in a fast-paced, high-stress environment, these mistakes are fairly common.