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Running Head: MEDICAL ERRORS SUMMARY REPORT 1Medical Errors Summary ReportMervyn Dominic RileyProfessor Kevin BondsUniversity of Maryland University CollegeHMGT 420 7980April 12, 2019
MEDICAL ERRORS SUMMARY REPORT 2HGMT420 Quality Topic Research SummaryStudent NameMervyn Dominic RileyQuality TopicMedical ErrorsQuality Topic DescriptionAn article discussed by CNBC in 2018 stated that the third leading cause of death in the United States was caused by medical errors. They referenced a research study performed by John Hopkins that put the number of deaths in the United States that are attributed to medical errors at 250,000 (Daniel, 2016). Medical errors are most commonly caused from a lack of communication between care providers. The most common medical error is that regarding medication. Medication errors are the most common medical error that patients experience. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2017) These medical errors are found to occur at any place that there are healthcare services beingdelivered and there is interaction between health care providers and healthcare consumers. Medical errors come about as a result of the negative effect of medication, incorrect diagnosis or health acquired infections. The implementation of proper procedures and protocols properly administered will be an invaluable tool in the prevention of medical errors (Daniel, 2016) The negative effects of medical errors affect patients and consequently interrupts the calm and well-being of the patient’s family. Families that experience death as a result of a medical error at the hands of a healthcare provider lose a family member and the cause could have been avoided with the proper planning and/or communication. Medical errors are most commonly caused when there is no clear communication between the treatment providers related to issues like medication, types of treatments andoverarching co-occurring ailments. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2017)Medical errors in the hospital setting occur because of late routines or variations in hospitals operations that are not clearly communicated to treatment staff. Post operation and cleanup of operating rooms to be delivered for new surgeries can cause errors if they are done in haste. The focus should always be on the patient safety and not on the fastest turn around. Doctors sometimes fail in following the procedural checklists and