A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association had an article with the title of this blog.
The article contained a bottom line as to why these errors occur and we decided to pass that information on as it is a recurring observation in so many of our malpractice cases in which we represent the injured.
“1. It is best for clinicians to communicate directly with one another rather than through orders in the medical record or intermediate personnel.”
“2. Errors attributed to hand-offs may be minimized by standardizing the process and creating a template specifying what information should be passed from one team to another.”
“3. Clinicians should review the informed consent form and clearly explain procedures or treatments to patients.”
“4. Time-outs can minimize the risk of errors but only if treated seriously by the personnel involved.”
You as a patient must be an advocate. You must question the physicians and nurses before every procedure is done and question why it is done. Don’t accept glib answers.
If you believe that you or a family member has been injured as a result of medical malpractice please give us a call.