Simple Communications Systems Can Avoid Medical Malpractice Errors : Norfolk Injury Lawyer
Letting the patient know what’s going on with their treatment would seem to be an obvious minimum courtesy as well as safety precaution for healthcare providers. Unfortunately there is often an attitude on the part of doctors and medical staff that the patient is there to have something done to them and that their input isn’t really needed.
There are numerous horror stories about a patient going in for an operation to have a left leg amputated and have the right leg cut off instead. One easy way to avoid this particular mistake is to have the operating staff make sure before they wheel the patient into the OR that they have the right patient and that they are going to do the right procedure.
Not only is checking with the patient to make sure that they know what’s going on and that everybody’s on the same page it is courteous. Having the patient involved in their care and knowing what’s going on can often help the hospital and surgeon not to make a mistake like doing a double breast removal mastectomy rather than just one if that’s what the original plan was.
Another way that doctors and hospitals have systematized the preparation for surgical procedures is to mark in some way the body part to be worked on so that there’s no question that they’re working on the correct limb. When doctors violate basic safety procedures and fail to keep their patient informed then terrible results can occur and medical malpractice law suits often follow. Make sure that your physician does a good job of communicating with you to avoid having something go wrong that was easily prevented.