When we’re admitted to the hospital for sickness or injury, we assume the system works to keep us safe. As patients, we do not expect to develop infections or experience a medical error during a hospital stay. Yet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports as many as 440,000 annual deaths from preventable hospital mistakes.
In 2018, cars operate much like a computer network. Signals travel through its various systems, causing parts to operate and alerts to be issued. Yet in some cases, the pathway is not always smooth and can’t produce clear results, leading to vehicle performance failure.
Doctors may steer patients toward proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat a range of gastrointestinal issues, from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to stomach ulcers. Short term, these prescriptions and over-the-counter medications cut down on stomach acid production, which provides relief and allows any ulcers to heal.
According to the FDA, medication errors result in about 1.3 million injuries to Americans each year. These instances cover a broad scope of healthcare procedures, systems and professionals, including inaccurate or inappropriate personal use.
You tried hormonal contraceptives for years until a doctor told you about Essure, a permanent birth control device that’s inserted into your fallopian tubes – no anesthesia required – to create scar tissue, which blocks sperm from reaching your eggs. Compared to surgical options like tubal ligation, Essure looks like a far friendlier option.