When patients receive care from a doctor, they expect to receive quality care. When doctors fail to act properly in connection to patient care, it can result in patients suffering great harm. It can sometimes even result in a patient dying.
"O what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive." The saying goes back two hundred years to the novelist Sir Walter Scott. As a general maxim, it has many applications. But it is jarring to think that one of them is to the practice of medicine today - and that the lack of candor may sometimes be to conceal medical malpractice.
Medication errors can be a very serious matter. Such errors can cause a patient to suffer harm and can have major impacts on a patient's life. Thus, it is important for hospitals to do everything they reasonably can to prevent their patients from being exposed to such errors.
As we have mentioned before on this blog, medication errors can cause great harm to individuals. One type of medication error that can occur is a prescription error.
When a child is suffering from a condition and goes to a doctor, it is important that the doctor properly diagnoses this condition. The accuracy of a diagnosis can be affected by which diagnostic tests a doctor decides to use. Recently, a study has questioned whether a certain type of diabetes test is effective in detecting diabetes in children.
One would hope that doctors would only administer a treatment to a child when it has a fair chance of providing a real medical benefit. Recently, a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study brought into question the effectiveness of one treatment routinely given to premature infants to prevent birth injuries.
There are certain factors that obviously affect a doctor's ability to care for patients. Such factors include a doctor's knowledge, experience and qualifications. However, a recent University of Connecticut study indicates that how doctors speak to us can also affect their ability to treat us.