A primary care doctor is skeptical of his patient’s concerns. A hospital nurse or intern is unaware of a drug’s potential side effects. A physician makes the most “common” diagnosis while overlooking the signs of a rarer and more serious illness, and the patient doesn’t see the necessary specialist until it’s too late. A pharmacist dispenses the wrong drug and a patient dies as a result.
Sadly, these kinds of mistakes happen all the time.
Each year, 6.1 million Americans are harmed by diagnostic mistakes, drug
disasters, and medical treatments. A decade ago, the Institute of Medicine
estimated that up to 98,000 people died in hospitals each year from preventable
medical errors. And new research from the University of Utah, HealthGrades of
Denver, and elsewhere suggests the toll is much higher.
and bestselling authors Joe and Teresa Graedon came face-to-face with the tragic
consequences of doctors’ screwups when Joe’s mother died in Duke Hospital—one of
the best in the world—due to a disastrous series of entirely preventable errors.
In Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them, the Graedons expose
the most common medical mistakes, from doctor’s offices and hospitals to the
pharmacy counters and nursing homes. Patients across the country shared their
riveting horror stories, and doctors recounted the disastrous—and sometimes
deadly—consequences of their colleagues’ oversights and errors. While many
patients feel vulnerable and dependent on their health care providers, this book
is a startling wake-up call to how wrong doctors can be.