Most shocking medical mistakes

POSTED: 01:10 PM PDT Jun 15, 2012 

Thousands of patients trust their lives in the hands of medical professionals every day, but even the best doctor or nurse can make a mistake while caring for you or someone you love. Here's a list of 10 shocking medical mistakes and ways to not become a victim.

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7. Operating on the wrong body part

Cause: A patient's chart is incorrect, or a surgeon misreads it, or surgical draping obscures marks that denote the correct side of the operation.
Prevention: Just before surgery, make sure you reaffirm with the surgeon the correct body part and side of your operation.

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