No one in Connecticut enjoys being sick. Sometimes our ailments are minor -- such as the common cold -- and simply staying at home and resting is enough to make us better. However, if we have an infection, a serious illness such as cancer or a serious injury such as head trauma, we need to turn to medical professionals for treatment.
When a woman in Connecticut is pregnant, not only must she have regular medical care to ensure she is healthy, but also to ensure her baby is healthy. Of course, it is possible to fall ill while pregnant. However, certain medications that may be innocuous to a non-pregnant individual can be very harmful to a pregnant woman or her baby. It is essential that physicians keep this in mind when prescribing a medication to a pregnant patient.
It is not unheard of for physicians to make mistakes when treating patients in Connecticut or elsewhere in the nation. According to a Johns Hopkins study, each year approximately 250,000 individuals in the United States lose their lives because of a medical mistake. Some of these mistakes can be found in a person's health records. In fact, according to one researcher, around 70 percent of medical records contain incorrect information. Mistakes can be made when copying and pasting information on electronic medical records, when a physician makes a typo or when a physician mishears something. Mistaken identity could also lead to the wrong information being included in a person's medical records.
Exit polls conducted by several major news outlets following the recent November 6th election revealed that 40 percent of respondents stated the issue in our nation most important to them was health care. For some in Connecticut, this may be because medical mistakes are occurring at an alarming rate. In fact, medical mistakes are the third most common cause of death in the United States. One 2016 study found that over 250,000 people annually are killed due to a preventable medical mistake.