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Medical Errors Require Apologizing to Patients

| May 30, 2013 | Anesthesia & Medication Errors

Doctors who prescribe medications to Boston, Massachusetts patients and fail to review their chart for any medical issues risk causing an adverse reaction. Greater care for patients is needed to ensure medical choices do not cause harm. The doctor prescribing the medication should take responsibility for their actions regardless of whether or not patients sufficiently recover. However, many practitioners often choose to follow outdated protocols.

Many medical professionals do not see the need to speak up about a mistake with medication or after a successful operation following an anesthesia error. If the patient makes a full recovery, then the issue is often unnoticed. One reason many members of the medical field are reluctant to mention a mistake or an error is the possibility of a malpractice suit. The downside is a doctor can be seen as hiding something when mistakes are found out after the fact.

Doctors and surgeons may have never taught how to mention mistakes to the patient. Personnel in a hospital may have also been told by lawyers to keep an issue to themselves and not admit guilt. Questions from a patient’s family members would typically be given a vague answer. However, new policies are being implemented at hospitals that include error disclosures. The main issue is that changes in policy do little to change the behavior of people who are finding that old standards are hard to break.

The failure to disclose medical errors can lead to legal consequences. If a patient in Massachusetts has a concern about potential medication errors or a doctor’s mistake, then they need to meet with a lawyer who is experienced in medical malpractice claims. Errors made by personnel at a hospital may cause a patient to suffer consequences that may be life altering.

Source: Bangor Daily News, “Medical errors tough to admit, but doctors should apologize to patients“, Manoj Jain, May 28, 2013


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