You expect your doctor to be a professional and give you excellent treatment. Unfortunately, the reality is that doctors make mistakes all of the time. Some reports indicate that these result in millions of injuries annually and around 250,000 deaths.
According to one study, that fun afternoon of winter sledding may be more dangerous than you realized. Around 20,000 children wind up in the emergency room every year after getting hurt on the slopes.
Medication errors have many avoidable causes. A doctor may simply read a chart improperly and give out the wrong drug, the wrong dose or the proper drug and dose to the wrong patient.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that drugs with improper labels can be very dangerous.
Even something as simple as going for a jog through your own neighborhood can become frightening when other people don't take proper care of their pets. Off-leash dogs may charge, bark, and even bite when they see you approaching what they think of as their territory.
Someone breaks into your hotel room with the intent of robbing you. You've put your valuables in the safe, though, so they can't get to them quickly. You come back during the robbery. The thief knocks you down while fleeing from the room and you hurt your back.
Multitasking is very common in the medical community. It's also very problematic. It can lead directly to serious errors and medical malpractice. It puts patients at risk.
The medical field is bound to be stressful. Lives are on the line. Decisions have to be made quickly. Mistakes can get doctors fired.
Doctors are being asked to multitask far more than they ever have been before, in large part because of the rise of technology in the workplace. Doctors can now use cell phones, computers, tablets, and many other devices to work with records and other paperwork.
You were walking down a trail at a park when you heard rustling in the bushes. You noticed a wagging tail, so you pushed the leaves aside to find a small dog. It appears trapped, so you reach in to get it out.