News report today of a medication error that came to light only because the patient's family made it public. Honest mistake by a sincere, decent doctor. But potentially tragic.
Medication errors occur much more commonly than the public is aware of. (I personally heard of recent incident in a local major hospital.) A recent report (2006) by the National Academies of Science highlighted this problem and estimated that medication errors harm at least 1.5 million people every year in the US. The medical costs in managing these errors amount to some US$3.5 billion. Awareness and simple solutions can prevent many of these problems.
Unfortunately no one locally seems to be interested. The hospitals don't want to know. And obviously do not have any means to track this problem. The Ministry of Health show no interest in auditing this problem and is quite content to let the hospitals manage the problem by sweeping everything under the carpet.
See no evil, hear no evil - and no evil shall be spoken, seems to be the motto.
6 years ago