Pennsylvania residents may have heard that medical errors and prescription drug interactions are among the nation's leading killers, but they might not know just how hazardous a stay in an American hospital can be. Studies indicate that more than 400,000 American hospital patients die each year as a result of a hospital error, and about 75,000 patients die as a result of infections that they develop during their hospital stays.
In spite of the efforts of many in the medical community in Pennsylvania and around the country, medical errors trail only heart disease and cancer as a cause of U.S. deaths. One of the believed resolutions for medication errors in particular is the use of computerized-physician-order-entry systems, but it appears that these systems are not as effective at rooting at problems as they were expected to be. A recently released study done by a non-profit organization found that a significant number of mistakes aren't being found by these systems.
When a Pennsylvanian has an elderly loved one who is on a number of different medications, it is important to make certain that all of the loved one's doctors and health care professionals are on the same page. Medication errors can happen when there is a break in communication, potentially harming the patient as a result.