Know Your Doctor and Hospital to Save Yourself from Medical Malpractice
Hospitals, especially big ones, continuously strive for growth and improvement to make sure that every patient is provided with safe, effective and quality care. This is quite evident in the kinds of treatment these hospitals provide, their equipment and use of modern health devices and the track record of their doctors, specialists, nurses and other health personnel.
Thus, one cannot dismiss the fact that some hospitals care and treat patients in ways that are much better than others. Putting great weight on the importance and necessity of quality care through timely and accurate diagnoses, and taking time to really listen to patients’ complaints are just some of the factors that have allowed these hospitals to significantly reduce complications and mortality rates, especially when it involves patients with certain or severe conditions.
Such moves towards (continuous) improvement comes in the midst of news and research that prove the reality of medical malpractice, such as wrong diagnosis, that claims up to 70,000 lives in the US annually. On its website, Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, points out the different acts of negligence committed in many hospitals. These acts include delay in treatment, error in medical prescription, lack of attention by doctors, wrong dosage of anesthesia, surgical errors, and post-surgical infections among many others.
It is essential, therefore, that patients become aware of the reputations of hospitals around them. Which hospital really is capable of providing the best care when it comes to specific conditions and procedures? This means dismissing the concept that the nearest hospital is as good as another. According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. patients need to be observant of doctors too – how doctors relate with them and how much time a doctor allots for them for consultation. This is because many errors start during consultation due to the very short 15-minute office visit, wherein the most vital information about the patient’s condition is discussed. Oftentimes too, due to the doctor’s expertise, experience and familiarity with diseases, he/she tends to apply the “18-second rule,” wherein he/she would cut short the patient while describing the ailment’s symptoms – a move that sometimes lead to wrong diagnosis, wrong medication and laboratory tests and, worse, unneeded medical procedure.