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How can communication in healthcare be improved?

One of the driving forces behind medical errors in New York is communications issues. Many situations where a patient suffers due to someone's negligence can be traced back to miscommunication. There are many reasons why such issues occur, and for years, the medical profession has been trying to fix them. Some solutions have introduced new issues, but there are others that have been working well. The ultimate goal is to find what works and implement it in every healthcare setting.

Can you prevent medical malpractice with proper research?

While it would be ideal to rely solely on the expertise, professionalism and educational knowledge of your health care provider, there is always the risk of human error. Fortunately, there are ways you can combat common medical errors by completing proper research from the beginning.

A closer look at medical errors that are completely preventable

While it can be tempting to fully trust medical professionals to care for you and your loved ones, doctors and nurses can still make mistakes. However, many of these errors are actually preventable with the right focus, attention and adherence to designated protocols. At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we have helped many victims of medical malpractice in New York.

Is negligence required to prove medical malpractice?

Negligence is the backbone of any medical malpractice suit in New York. Negligence simply means you did not use reasonable care to ensure something was done properly. When it comes to medical malpractice, the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that there are certain elements that must be proven with negligence being the underlying point. These elements include the incident resulted in damages of some kind to you, the incident was caused by a person who had a professional duty to provide you with care, and due to the person not honoring this duty, you suffered an injury.

What are some types of doctor errors?

Everyone makes mistakes, but when your New York doctor makes a mistake, the outcome is usually very serious. This is a profession where simple oversights and errors can cost someone's life. To become an informed patient who can watch out for problems is a good way for you to avoid becoming the victim of a mistake. Cover MD goes over a few types of doctor errors that occur every day.

Medical errors third leading cause of death

The health care profession is one of the most trusted industries in New York and across the United States. People depend on their physicians, surgeons, nurses and pharmacists to diagnose their conditions, give them medication and keep them healthy. Although people put their lives in the hands of these educated professionals every day, medical errors are more common than some may think.

What surgeons leave behind

When you enter the operating room to have a procedure performed, you place your life in the capable hands of the well-trained and experienced surgical staff. Upon leaving the OR, however, you may be unknowingly taking home a souvenir from your operation. Surprisingly, medical instruments, such as surgical gauze, forceps and other equipment, have been left behind in patients’ surgical sites. It is only when the patient experiences severe pain after the surgery that medical professionals may discover the object that has been stitched up within the patient.  

The risk of medical misdiagnosis

People who visit an outpatient clinic or emergency room in New York assume that they will be evaluated, diagnosed and treated by competent medical professionals. Sadly, this is not always the case. A surprising number of people in the United States leave the doctor’s office as victims of medical error. Medical misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a patient is more common that people might think. Researchers found that approximately 12 million people across the country are misdiagnosed by physicians each year. The study, which was published in BMJ Quality and Safety also reported that in half of those cases, patients were harmed as a result of the misdiagnosis.

Medical abbreviations that lead to prescription errors

When people in the medical field are talking to each other, it can sound like they are speaking a different language to the rest of the people around them. Considering how complex medicine is, it should be expected that doctors speak and understand things on a much different level than patients.

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