Did you know that the total number of medical mistakes causing death in our nation is equivalent to six planes crashing every single day? Medical mistakes happen daily and kill thousands of people, but yet it is a national concern that is commonly overlooked. According to the American Association for Justice, it has now become an epidemic and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States accounting for 98,000 lives. Although the United States has the best healthcare system in the world, medical mishaps have started to raise a national concern. Therefore, this issue of rising medical errors has had a significant importance to me because of my passion for the medical field and my strong resolve to create national awareness on medical mistakes. The United States consists of some of the most elite hospitals in the world, but unfortunately many of them are guilty of medical mistaken deaths. In 2007, Dennis Quaid experienced just how serious this issue was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when his newborn twins accidentally received the adult form of a blood thinner. The thinner was 1,000 times stronger than what they should have gotten. This particular incident stemmed from the nurse simply not bothering to look at the dosage on the bottle. Luckily, his twins did survive, but for most people that’s not the case. It is the duty for health care professionals to maintain and achieve 100% accuracy in all aspects of the medical field. Many of the problems come from misjudgments, misprints, and misinterpretations that could be easily avoided. Overall, this national statistic is on the rise and will continue to be until people speak up and make a change. Just remember, thousands of innocent people die in the hands of healthcare professionals on a daily basis all because of preventable mistakes that are commonly disregarded in our nation today.
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