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Culture of unaccountability leads to medical errors

Everyone makes mistakes-to err is human. However, when a medical professional makes the error, the error could end up ruining someone else's life. According to one report, around 30 percent of all medical malpractice claims are due to diagnostic errors. California residents may be surprised to hear that, in 2017 alone, surgeons operated on the wrong patient, performed the wrong procedure or operated on the wrong site 95 times.

Yet, another documentary is shedding light on medical errors and how they can alter the course of someone's life. The documentary also looks at the reasons behind these errors-exhausted doctors, overworked professionals, grueling shifts, poor communication among hospital staff and employees and a culture that does not accept accountability for its mistakes. Understanding why medical mistakes take place is crucial to decreasing the number of errors.

Some studies have shown that 69 percent of hospital acquired infections can be prevented-hand washing alone can drastically reduce the number of infections spread. However, staff does not always follow this procedure. Additionally, even though communicating with one another during shift change is essential to patient care, a lot of important information is lost or misunderstood during this process.

The medical community hesitates to acknowledge, and, therefore, correct its mistakes. There is a culture of not speaking to patients about mistakes that were made, which leaves them frustrated and without answers, often suffering for the rest of their lives. One way to get answers about the mistakes that were made and how they happened is to pursue a medical malpractice claim.

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