Causes of Medical Malpractice
Doctors and medical professionals are extremely busy and often have a great deal of pressure on them, especially in busy places like hospital emergency rooms and operating rooms. There are often too many patients and not enough medical personnel to provide the attention needed. On occasion, these people make errors that are not due to incompetence or negligence. The importance of each action completed during medical procedures, however, and the precision with which these actions must be taken in order to preserve the patient’s health and life, is heightened, which makes these errors, even if committed by pure accident, much more costly.
Often, these errors can be reduced by simply having checklists around these busy places. In operating rooms, checking to be sure that every instrument used in a procedure is accounted for before stitching the patient up might help to prevent malpractice cases in which the surgical staff is charged with leaving sponges or instruments inside of patients after surgery. Medication errors could be avoided if the staff involved in taking and preparing the orders verified the correct medicine type and dosage each and every time.
But there are times when medical malpractice is caused by negligence, incompetence, or improper training. The field of medicine is always changing, and there are many new diagnostic technologies and treatments emerging all of the time. In order to renew their licenses to practice medicine, doctors and nurses are expected to stay on top of advances in their fields so that they can provide the best care possible for their patients.