The solution to reducing medical errors may begin in medical school. That's the assertion of one pediatric geneticist who has taught and practiced medicine for several decades.
The very nature of psychiatric treatment can make it difficult to determine — let alone prove — that a doctor is guilty of malpractice. Not all patients have positive outcomes from therapy, for a multitude of reasons. Some therapists just aren't very good. It's important to differentiate between malpractice and poor or inadequate treatment.
Most people have heard stories about surgeons leaving sponges, instruments, towels, gloves and more in a patient during an operation. These aren't just urban legends. It actually happens — far too frequently.
Hospitals have access to more feedback from patients and family members than ever. Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) consumer satisfaction surveys are used by the federal government to help determine how much funding they get from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Expectant and new mothers often feel like doctors aren't listening to them. Doctors and other medical professionals dismiss many of their concerns as "mommy brain." However, failure to give credence to women's concerns can have devastating results for them and/or their babies. Rates of maternal mortality in this country are shockingly high for a developed nation. A study in the United Kingdom found that the number of stillborn babies could be reduced by half if medical professionals paid more attention to expectant mothers.
Medical malpractice cases have decreased overall in recent years, but one specific category has remained steady: diagnostic errors. That's according to a study just released by a malpractice insurer and service provider. These errors were behind more malpractice claims (accounting for a third of them) between 2013 and 2017 than any other issue.
The thought of a medical misdiagnosis is enough to keep you up at night. With this going through your mind, you may always have questions about whether or not you are in good health.
There are many collateral consequences of malpractice. One of them is the reluctance of doctors to continue to treat patients out of fear of being named as defendants in malpractice litigation.
Simply going about your daily life can be dangerous. Even if you do your best to avoid trouble, you never know if you'll be part of an accident that leads to serious injury or even death.
As you prepare to bring a child into the world, it goes without saying that you never want to consider the fact that something could go wrong. Unfortunately, you know in the back of your mind that this could happen.