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The link between surgeon behavior and post-op infections

When considering a medical professional to go to for treatment, most California residents look to their technical prowess to determine an outcome. Not many think that bedside manner and unprofessional conduct can have an effect on their health post procedure, but new research demonstrates a link between the two. According to a study published in JAMA Surgery, patients of unprofessional surgeons-surgeons who behave improperly towards their team and colleagues-are more likely to have more complications.

Do stressed out surgeons make more mistakes?

Whether a California resident is stressed because of their job or because of their home life, it is unlikely that he or she can leave their anxiety at the door before entering the office. In fact, many people in high-pressure jobs or facing deadlines probably experience more stress at work. Stress can cause people to make mistakes, and if the stressed out individual is a surgeon making a medical mistake, it might result in the loss of lives.

We hold medical professionals accountable for their errors

As discussed previously on this blog, medical errors can wreak havoc on a patient's life. The patient who consulted a medical professional to improve their medical condition might walk away with a worsened condition thanks to a negligent doctor or surgeon. This can lead to more trips to the hospital and additional expenses that one has not budgeted for. Ongoing medical treatment can be costly and one way to recover those costs is by pursuing a medical malpractice case against the establishment that caused the condition in the first place.

Culture of unaccountability leads to medical errors

Everyone makes mistakes-to err is human. However, when a medical professional makes the error, the error could end up ruining someone else's life. According to one report, around 30 percent of all medical malpractice claims are due to diagnostic errors. California residents may be surprised to hear that, in 2017 alone, surgeons operated on the wrong patient, performed the wrong procedure or operated on the wrong site 95 times.

Most causes for birth injuries take place during birth

Giving birth to a baby should be a beautiful occasion for California residents, as it is both the culmination of a nine-month wait and the beginning of a new life. However, when medical mistakes mar the birth, it can have serious repercussions on both the baby and the new parent's lives. It is an unfortunate fact that millions of babies suffer from brain damage each year and most of the causes for the damage take place just before or during birth.

Can I sue the treating hospital for medical malpractice?

If you have suffered injury or illness at the hands of a physician or other medical professional, you may be able to file a claim for medical malpractice. Medical malpractice generally requires patients to establish medical negligence, causation, and damages. Medical negligence refers to a doctor's failure to adhere to the medical standards when treating a patient by failing to diagnose the patient or failing to properly administer treatment. The patient becomes a victim of medical malpractice if this medical negligence causes them harm or injury that they would not have suffered otherwise.

Physician burnout could lead to medical errors

It is no secret that practicing medicine is a demanding and challenging job. Due to the demands of their career and their workplace environment, many physicians across the United States experience a condition referred to as 'physician burnout.' This burnout often causes them to suffer from emotional and physical exhaustion and depression and leads them to detach from their patients. According to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, physician burnout can cause doctors to make medical errors that harm patients.

Medical Malpractice: Surgical errors

Surgical errors are a very serious matter. Many, many times they are the cause of serious injury or even death, and they happen all across the country. As with any medical malpractice claim, an injured party or the family of the deceased bears a large burden of proof in order to successfully gain compensation.

Medical Malpractice: failure to diagnose

Physicians are trained to operate under what is called a "differential diagnoses." This means that when a definite diagnosis is not known, a patient should be treated based on a descending list of probability. In other words, that physician should use his or her training to offer an educated opinion as to what the problem is, and treat it accordingly.

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