Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and medical technicians are among the professionals that people trust the most. Most health care providers and pharmacists make every effort to help their patients and customers. But, despite their efforts, every year about 1.5 million people are injured due to medication errors. The tragedy is that nearly half of the medication errors are preventable. Many of these errors are fatal. In fact, medical errors are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

Because errors made on the operating table can have life-altering consequences for patients, surgeons and health care professionals whose negligence injures or kills a patient can be sued for medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a surgeon’s mistake, consider contacting a medical malpractice attorney in your area.

The scores from the 1-minute test determine how well the baby tolerated childbirth, and the 5-minute score is meant to give insight into how the baby is doing outside of the womb. While the Apgar test is one way of measuring an infant’s health after childbirth, parents should remember when they hear these numbers that the Apgar test is not the only health assessment of a child, nor does it predict the long-term health of a child.

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