Despite the fact that people would like to think that their doctor is invincible and will never make a mistake, medical providers in Louisiana are at risk of human error just like everyone else. As such, it is critical that patients recognize those risks and how to actively mitigate them in order to better protect themselves and their well-being. When patients are educated and equipped with the information, they need to provide support to their doctor, they can feel more confident about their doctor's ability to provide the highest level of care.
Medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death among Americans, according to U.S. News & World Report. Errors by healthcare employees result in 250,000 deaths annually, which is around 10 percent of deaths in the United States each year.