Despite the ample evidence that shows doctors make more errors when they are fatigued, many still have to work hours that would force someone in a different profession to quit. This atrocity is one that can lead to harm to patients who are counting on their doctors to provide suitable care to them.
When a doctor makes an error, the patient is left to try to pick up the pieces. This is a terrible situation because it is preventable. Doctors must ensure that they are only doing what is best for the patient. They can’t try to rush through visits with patients just so they can see as many people as possible. Instead, they must take the time necessary to determine what’s going on with the patient and find suitable treatment options.
Missed diagnoses and delayed diagnoses are serious issues because the patient doesn’t get the care they need in either case. In the case of one that’s delayed, the patient does get care eventually, but it can leave the condition to worsen or spread, which can have a negative impact on the patient’s life.
Another major issue is lax handwashing protocol. Around 69% of infections acquired in the hospital could have been prevented if medical care team members would have washed their hands in between patients. This is an error that can come from doctors, nurses and anyone else who has direct contact with patients.
When you are the patient who suffers harm, you might be ready to act. You have the option of seeking compensation for the damages that you are dealing with. There isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t hold the medical personnel accountable for their errors.