Many Atlanta residents decide to "get a little work done," i.e., seek out a plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck or other cosmetic procedure to improve their looks or keep the years at bay a little longer. But few expect to have their procedures leave them in worse condition than before their surgeries, or even more serious, cause life-threatening problems.
When the parents of a 19-year-old autistic man checked their son in for psychiatric care, they probably expected his outbursts to be met with compassion -- not a lethal choke hold.
When you get a prescription filled at your local pharmacy, you assume that it will be 100 percent accurate regarding the drug and the dosage.
As a patient, you always want to receive the highest level of care. Doing so puts you in position to feel good about your overall level of health.
In 2001, Ken Kizer, MD coined the phrase "Never Event." In short, this is nothing more than a shocking medical error, such as performing surgery on the wrong patient, which should never occur.
Nobody wants to spend any period of time in the hospital; however, you could find yourself in this position at some point.
Think about how many people are treated by medical professionals on a daily basis. With so many receiving treatment, it's only natural for mistakes to be made from time to time.