For some, doctors are the closest thing to gods on Earth. They cure our illnesses, fix our limbs, diagnose our maladies, and save our hearts - if not our souls. But doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals aren't infallible. They're human beings who sometimes make mistakes - though their errors often have more sobering consequences when compared to other occupations. Some errors are so serious that they lead to unnecessary pain, major unplanned surgery, a stay in an intensive care unit, or even death.
Reddit stories from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals reveal the kind of mishaps - most are accidental - that harm rather than help patients. From mixing up medications to missing or misdiagnosing symptoms, these stories are a reminder that medical professionals aren't perfect.
ER Doctor Missed A GSW
Pathologist Almost Infected Himself With HIV
Surgeon Told The Wrong Families About Their Babies
This 'Scratch' Wasn't What It Seemed
OB-GYN's Outburst Made A Mother Panic
Nurse's Medication Error Almost Ended A Postpartum Patient