There’s a growing epidemic out there you’ll NEVER hear about.
Not at your doctor’s office.
Not when you or a loved one checks into the hospital.
Even the media… who loves a scandal… is mostly keeping their collective lips zipped on this one.
This raging medical crisis isn’t caused by bacteria or a virus. It’s not some new exotic disease, an addictive drug, or even a nasty flu season grown out of control.
It’s a different kind of epidemic altogether. And it’s caused by a few things mainstream medicine doesn’t want to admit to:
A new report finds a shocking number of American patients are falling victim to medical mistakes.
And I don’t mean rare medical mistakes where you can kind of see how they might happen.
No, these folks are being victimized by EASILY preventable errors. Medical mistakes that NEVER should have happened if everyone had done their jobs right.
So today, I’m going to share with you my secret to ensuring another kind of never. I want to make sure you NEVER become the victim of a medical mistake.
I call my strategy the “pain in the butt” solution. And I’ll tell you exactly how you can start using it yourself in just a moment.
But first, let’s take a closer look at those medical errors.
How medical mistakes can KILL
Look, mistakes happen. I get that.
But they SHOULD be rare. And that’s especially true when it comes to what’s known as preventable medical mistakes.
Those are just what they sound like. Preventable mistakes aren’t freak accidents, but carelessness.
These should almost never happen.
Yet the study finds they DO happen with shocking regularity.
Your odds of being victimized by a preventable medical mistake aren’t 1 in a million. They’re not even 1 in 1,000.
It’s 1 in 20.
And many of these medical mistakes can have devastating consequences. In fact, 12 percent of preventable errors lead to permanent disability or death.
These are NOT the fault of the patients.
But the sad reality is, doctors aren’t changing their own bad habits – so it’s up to you to take action to protect yourself.
Why being a ‘BAD PATIENT’ might save your life
So what can YOU do about medical mistakes? Probably more than you realize. But it does require you become a “bad patient.”
It means being a bit of a pain in the butt by checking, double-checking, and questioning everything your doctors do.
Most medical mistakes are related to drugs.
- Some patients are given the wrong med.
- Others folks are administered the wrong dose.
- Some are hurriedly prescribed a drug they might be allergic
All of these things should be double-checked by both the doctor AND the pharmacy.
But since clearly, they’re not doing it, you’ll have to do that yourself.
Other common medical mistakes happen during surgery – like replacing the left knee when it’s the right one that’s torn to shreds.
Some surgeons will “sign” the operating site before the procedure. You can encourage yours to do this. Or you can also place a piece of tape on the wrong side with “NOT HERE” or “OTHER SIDE” (just tell the surgeon you’re doing that, so he’s not surprised in the OR).
It might feel silly, but it’ll be hard to operate on the wrong side if there’s a note there!
And finally, have a talk with loved ones so that if you’re in a hospital and unable to double-check things for yourself, they can keep watch and be a pain in the butt for you.