Iatrogenic events resulting in intensive care admission: Frequency, cause, and disclosure to patients and institutions
Let’s face it…physicians are human. Mistakes will always happen. However, when mistakes are made, we need to face up to it. A simple “I’m sorry” can go a long way with patients.
In this study, 1.2% of patients in the ICU were there because of iatrogenic events (doctor-caused). 33% of these were because of their meds. In only 5% of the cases, where the patients were in the ICU because of their prior medical treatment, were the patients or patients caregiver informed of this.
The sad case is that, if most clinicians were current on the medical literature, many of these conditions probably would’ve been managed differently with a much better outcome (lifestyle changes = less drugs = less likelihood for dangerous side effects).