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Patient Safety Resources

Preventable medical errors kill up to 440,000 Americans every year.  Many multiples of those killed by medical malpractice are seriously and permanently harmed by preventable medical error.

Patients and their loved ones are well advised to take measures to protect themselves from medical negligence.   There are many types of medical errors with many tragic consequences.  Fortunately, there are also many resources available online to help patients to protect themselves against them.

Here are few good resources along with some links to our other articles on these issues.

Overview of the Problem

The American Association of Justice has a very good summary of the facts on preventable medical error.

Preventable medical error has reached epidemic proportions.  At the same time, there is an ongoing misinformation campaign suggesting not a crisis in medical care as suggested by the facts but instead a myth frivolous and unsubstantial medical malpractice lawsuits.

The American Association of Justice has done a very nice job of outlining the facts while also providing citations to medical and patient safety resources.  Read the report from the American Association of Justice on the scope of preventable medical errors in the U.S., follow the citations and judge for yourself whether there is a problem and whether it might be advisable to take measures to protect yourself or your loved ones from medical negligence.

General Resources for Protection Against Preventable Medical Error

The Next Organizational Challenge: Finding and Addressing Diagnostic Error

The Patient’s Toolkit for Diagnosis

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors

Speak Up:  Help Prevent Errors in Your Care

Speak Up:  Help Prevent Medical Test Mistakes

Speak Up:   Help Avoid Mistakes in Your Surgery

Speak Up:  Prevent Errors in Your Child’s Care

Empowered Patient:  Hospital Guide for Patients and Families 

Checklist for Getting the Right Diagnosis

Things Physicians and Providers Should Question 

The Biggest Mistake Doctors Make 

Breast Cancer

Breast Self-Awareness Messages 

Early Detection and Screening 

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Breast Cancer:  Know the Risks Infographic 

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Symptoms and Signs

Cancer

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer 

15 Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore

15 Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore

Cancer Risk:  What the Numbers Mean

Cancer Symptoms 

Gynecological/Cervical Cancer

About Gynecologic Cancers

5 Signs of Gynecological Cancer Women Ignore

Cervical Cancer:  Overview

What Are the Symptoms?

Ovarian Cancer

Colon/Colorectal Cancer

Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Gut Check:  Why Should I Care About Colon Cancer Screening?

Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Colon Cancer Symptoms & Detection

Lung Disease/Cancer

Warning Signs of Lung Disease

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of COPD

COPD Symptoms

What Exactly is COPD?

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Understanding Prostate Changes:  A Health Guide for Men

Calculate Your Prostate Cancer Risk

Early Detection & Screening

Skin Cancer

Fact Sheet:  Preventing and Detecting Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Information

Skin Cancer:  Sign and Symptoms

What You Need To Know About Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers

How To Check Your Skin