MD Magazine ran an article last week that has us intrigued, especially since we handle medical malpractice cases.
Margaret Cary is a DC-based physician who works with practicing physicians and medical students and lately, she has been stressing the need for more emotional intelligence and empathy in medicine. She writes, “Why, as a patient or colleague, should you care whether a doctor is civil? Because lack of civility can quite literally lead to medical errors, patient harm or death.”
In fact, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford conducted a literature review that shows increased kindness improves patient outcomes, decreases pain and anxiety, and leads to faster healing.
At the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, we could certainly get behind kindness and improved outcomes for patients. However, we know that there are still far too many medical mistakes being made in the US. If you need a Cooper City medical malpractice attorney, we will be by your side, fighting to get the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen?
Medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some estimates say they kill as many as 440,000 people annually while injuring countless millions more.
How does this happen?
One of the main culprits is diagnosing mistakes. Researchers have found that a misdiagnosis can cause the most patient harm of all medical mistakes. These can happen with inexperienced doctors, overworked medical staff, or simple distractions.
All too common are medication mistakes. It has been found that patients often receive the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of their medication, or do not receive their medications at all. Most medication errors happen when they are being given to the patient and the problem is often a nurse being distracted.
Infections are the silent healthcare killers and are perhaps the most rampant. Severe hospital infections can lead to sepsis, which is found in every 1 in 3 patients who die in the hospital. Most hospital-acquired infections are preventable and they occur when the healthcare staff fails to follow proper protocols.
We have all heard of the scary “never events” that happen in surgery (operating on the wrong body part, leaving items inside someone during surgery, etc.), but there are other surgical mistakes that are not required to be reported that occur much more commonly. This can be perforations of the bowel, using contaminated equipment, or medication miscalculations.
What Are Your Options?
We know that you were not expecting the people you trusted to make you feel better to end up making your worse. We are sorry you have been the victim of a healthcare professional’s mistake. If you need a Cooper City medical malpractice attorney, turn to the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman. We will provide you with a skilled team who will stop at nothing to get you the compensation you need for all of your incident-related expenses. You can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 954-438-1000 for a free consultation.