The fact that ICU errors occur is something we never want to think about, especially if it is us or a loved one in the hospital. Unfortunately, errors do occur in the hospital, and if it happens to you or someone you know, you need to be prepared by understanding your rights.
How Prevalent Are ICU Errors?
They may occur more than you think -
A recent Atlantic article by Christine Warren discussed a recent study from Johns Hopkins on ICU patients. She found that is it possible that up to 25% of deaths that occur in intensive care units are due to misdiagnosis. In addition, it is possible that more people die from ICU errors than breast cancer each year. What they found was that the rushed environment in a critical care area of a hospital can sometimes lead to a missed diagnosis, the most likely being cases in which a disease or infection is missed.
These are alarming numbers. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered or even died as a result of a mistake made in the ICU, give Joe a call today at 405-397-1717 or fill out the contact form on this page. He will be happy to give you a free, no obligation consultation concerning your case.