One of the interesting problems some patients have in hospitals or nursing facilities is the risk of being tangled up in the bed rails attached to their hospital beds. According to reports between 1985 and 2009, there had been 803 incidents where patients were entangled in, strangled by, trapped in, or caught on these bed rails.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1,800 fatalities occur annually resulting from injuries in relation to nursing home falls. Survivors of these falls can sometimes experience a reduction in their quality of life due to permanent disabilities. It's for this reason that looking at nursing home falls and why this is a problem has become a growing concern for families, as well as nursing home facilities.
The last thing anyone wants to hear is that they've been operated on or given the wrong medication because they were confused with another patient. Unfortunately, that does happen fairly often in the medical community.
As a patient, the last thing you want to find out is that you need to have another surgery because the one you had resulted in mistakes or tools being left behind in your body. You shouldn't have to be put through more pain and suffering because a surgical team wasn't on top of its game.
When you're given tests at a medical facility, you want to know that the results you get are accurate. Sometimes, labs confuse test results or they're misread, and that leads to a misdiagnosis. It's for this reason that it's important for you to get a second opinion on any test results that are important in your life.