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What is distracted doctoring?

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2021 | Medical Malpractice

If an ambulance driver were using their phone as they drove you to the hospital, you would likely be furious. Everyone knows that distracted driving can put people’s lives at risk. Yet, when you get to the hospital, the doctors and nurses who treat you might use their phones while they work. The consequences can be equally catastrophic.

Doctors and nurses need to be contactable. Smartphones aid this, so, understandably, workers have their phones on in the hospital. Yet, the sound of someone’s phones pinging can break the attention at a vital moment of surgery. Receiving a call can make medical staff forget what they were in the middle of doing, leading to potentially dangerous mistakes.

Technology can help doctors make the right decisions

Modern doctors have a wealth of information at their fingertips to help them diagnose your condition. Often, the most convenient way to access this is via their smartphone or tablet.

Technology has also helped doctors improve their record-keeping. They can pull up your medical history at the touch of a button, rather than having to search through folders full of paper records. Yet using this technology comes with problems.

Research shows that doctors, like all humans, are not good at multi-tasking. While technology can help them in their work, it can also hinder them from applying their full concentration to the task at hand, be that diagnosing you, or operating on a vital organ.

If a doctor made a mistake that harms you, it is crucial to determine why the mistake happened. If distraction played a role in their error, you might be able to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit to claim compensation for the harm they caused you.