YUMA, Ariz.-Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and medical errors are just third to that list.
The problem costs more than a quarter of a million lives each year according to Johns Hopkins University.
With human life at stake we talked to medical expert Bharat Magu to check how many errors are reported at the Yuma Regional Medical Center.
“We have very low errors. we are among the best hospital in the nation. As far as safety is concerned and avoiding errors to the patient,” Y.R.M.C. Medical Officer Bharat Magu said.
Magu says as long as people are involved there will always be room for error. That’s why the hospital continues to strive toward advancing technology to help with medical care and records.
“We invested almost to the tune of $100 million a few years back going into the electronic medical record,” said Magu.
Y.R.M.C. also offers an electronic bar code scanner for the hospital’s prescriptions to avoid a mistake but Magu says even the best hospitals can still make them.
“We go over in detail exactly where the error happened. How did it happen and based on that we go through a process so that it’s not repeated again,” said Magu.
Y.R.M.C. was recently graded an A by Leap Frog a group that rates hospitals across the country.
“Yuma Regional has very robust processes in place to avoid medical errors. I think the processes is based on people and also with technology,” said Magu.
Magu says patients that want to stay proactive and avoid medical errors should start by giving their doctor their correct and full medical history.
“They should be able to bring all of their medical history and all of their medications and that will help minimize harm to the patient,” said Magu.