Doctors may make medical mistakes for a variety of reasons.
Here are the top 10 reasons why they and hospitals injure patients based on our experience in handling medical malpractice cases over the last 30 years::
1. Lack of communication: Doctors may not communicate effectively with other healthcare professionals or with their patients.
2. Poor documentation: If a doctor fails to document important information, such as the patient’s medical history, his or her diagnosis, or the treatment prescribed, this can lead to medical mistakes.
3. Multitasking: Doctors may be trying to complete multiple tasks at once, which can lead to errors in judgement.
4. Fatigue: Doctors may be working long hours and become overworked and fatigued, which can lead to mistakes.
5. Lack of knowledge: Doctors may be unfamiliar with certain medical conditions or treatments, leading to misdiagnoses or incorrect treatments.
6. Inadequate training: If a doctor has not received adequate training in a certain area, this can also lead to mistakes.
7. Unclear instructions: If a doctor fails to provide clear instructions for medication or treatment, this can lead to medical errors.
8. Miscommunication: Miscommunication between doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can lead to medical mistakes.
9. Technology: Technical issues, such as computer glitches, can lead to medical errors if they interfere with the doctor’s ability to provide care.
10. Unsafe practices: If a doctor fails to follow safety protocols or fails to consider the risks associated with certain procedures, this can lead to medical mistakes.
Until health care professionals change their behavior to put patient safety ahead of profit.