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Why do doctor errors continue occurring in a modern world?

When we look at history, it is easy to point out that the lack of education in hygiene and proper medical procedures contributed to many deaths. During the Civil War, thousands of soldiers died because doctors had little knowledge about infections and fevers. However, today we have a vast amount of information and have made significant breakthroughs when it comes to caring for the sick. Yet the number of doctor errors being made seems to indicate that something is still missing.

A doctor is asking the questions that every medical professional and the medical industry should be asking. Why are there so many medical errors still being made and why are there patients still dying from improper care? He notes the condition of a hospital his father went to recently for a cataract removal surgery, pointing out that there was a definite problem with cleanliness.

In addition to the hospital itself, the doctor observed that from the time his father was diagnosed for his condition to the surgery itself, there were 10 mistakes that were made. These errors included a nurse not washing her hands or using gloves, incorrect instructions on a prescription and a faulty piece of medical equipment.

While the mistakes this doctor talked about were relatively simple ones, they could have easily caused a worsened condition for his father if they had not been caught. What is most concerning is that he does not seem to have an answer for why these errors are still happening -- and no one else seems to be able to answer that question either. Until the answers are found, these instances of medical malpractice are likely to continue.

Source: Fox News, "The ugly reality of medical mistakes," Feb. 6, 2013

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