Patients have to have a certain level of trust in their doctors, nurses and other health care providers. Otherwise, they would never be able to place their lives in these medical professionals' hands.
During your stay at a Massachusetts hospital, you probably encountered numerous medical professionals and staff members who came in and out of your room for one reason or another. However, those with whom you had the most contact, day and night, were nurses.
When an orthopedic surgeon makes an error on a patient, that patient's life can be turned upside down. Catastrophic injuries can result from the slip of a scalpel -- or a misdiagnosis.
In 2016, a woman suffering a severe asthma attack collapsed only feet away from a locked door leading to a Massachusetts emergency room. She later died of what would normally be an easily treatable condition.
If you are a pregnant African-American woman in Boston, you probably have no idea that you have three times the likelihood of dying during your pregnancy than your Caucasian counterpart. But according to a USA Today investigation, the United States is considered to be "the most dangerous place" for childbirth in the developed world.
Patients put their faith — and their lives — in their doctors' hands every day. We trust that their skills and accumulated knowledge will be sufficient to diagnose and treat what ails us.