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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 190-193

Medical errors in practice which medical fraternity must not forget: A critical look

1 Community Medicine, Muzaffarnagar Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.129185

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Background: Medical errors are often described as human errors in healthcare. A medical error occurs when an inappropriate method of care or improper execution of an appropriate method of care happens. In fact, medical error is a preventable adverse effect in medical sciences practice, which is evident and harmful to the patient. Aims: To elucidate areas of medical errors; so as to understand, where medical fraternity has to become careful in medical practice via review of literature. Settings and Design: All kinds of study designs and examples from both developed as well as developing countries on medical errors were taken. Statistical analysis used: Review manager software was used to identify studies without any statistical test. Materials and Methods: A review of literature of last 10 years up to 20 th Nov 2013 was done in all forms including e-journals on key search word: "Medical errors in practice" with inclusion criteria of impact of medical errors globally on patients from all kinds of study designs from developed or developing world excluding thesis or dissertation data. Results and Conclusion: The umbrella of medical error includes wide areas such as an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis or treatment of a disease, injury, syndrome, behavior, infection, etc., The usual approach to correct such errors is; to create new rules with additional checklists in clinical side and following newer models for improvement in medical care such as total quality management, which can identify areas for preventing medical errors and this can be further researched in future studies.

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