Doctor Rob Galloway has admitted to making mistakes while treating patients. He said, “I have come to realize that most mistakes aren’t due to a lack of care or knowledge, but because humans are human.”
Never events are the most serious of the serious medical mistakes. They should never happen. However, between April 2022 and January 2023, there were 325 of these “never events” in England alone.
Doctor Error Examples
Years ago, Dr Galloway was treating a critically ill patient. He ordered four units of cross-matched blood (blood of the same type as the patient). However, 30 minutes later, he was told that her blood sample had been mislabelled and no blood had been sent from the lab. Dr. Galloway had not heard this message because he was too focused on other aspects of the patient’s care. He ordered new blood, which arrived 30 minutes later. However, the delay affected the patient’s blood pressure and kidneys, and she needed a significant stay in intensive care.
There are a number of things that can be done to reduce medical mistakes. One solution is to make sure that everyone is listening carefully. Dr. Galloway’s colleague could have spoken in a way to grab his attention and make sure he was listening. Another solution is to use plain English and not medical jargon. It is easy to confuse medical terms, which can lead to mistakes. Finally, it is important to have standardized ways of working. This will help to ensure that everyone is following the same procedures and that there is less room for error.
What Can Patients Do?
There are also things that patients can do to protect themselves. If you tell someone you are allergic to something, get them to repeat this back to you. If you are being injected with a drug, then ask to see what it is you are being given. If you are about to have an operation, make sure you see the consent form and speak to the surgeons doing it. Ask, “What am I having done today?” And always check that the arrow marking where the operation will be is drawn on the correct side of your body and in the right area.
Doctor Talks about Errors
As doctors, we are taught to do no harm. However, we are also human and we make mistakes. We need to do everything we can to reduce the chance of these mistakes happening. This means really listening to patients and staff. And it means being open to feedback. We need to be willing to learn from our mistakes so that we can provide the best possible care for our patients.
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