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How diagnostic errors lead to medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

One common issue that is often overlooked when people in the Redwood area think of medical malpractice involves inaccurate diagnostics. Before doctors and medical care providers recommend treatments and surgical procedures to their patients, they often perform diagnostic tests to help them rule out other possibilities. According to HopkinsMedicine.org, medical errors that occur because of issues with diagnostic procedures cause treatment delays, missed diagnoses and inaccurate results and have a major impact on patient health. 

The most common forms of medical errors include wrong surgical sites, treatment delays and other issues that some patients may not be able to overcome and die. Individuals who survive, often have to live with health complications that require them to see the very same professionals they no longer trust for medical care to live. 

U.S. News & World Report states that patient death is twice as likely to occur when there are diagnostic errors than in any other type of medical malpractice situation. Many events that cause medical malpractice are highly preventable. To prevent issues with diagnostics, doctors and other health care staff should pay attention to their patients’ needs and issues. They should refresh themselves on the knowledge and skills they need to provide patients with the standard of care they are expected to deliver at all times. 

Health care personnel should follow up with their patients to ensure their diagnoses are on par with the reasons their patients are experiencing health issues that require testing. They should also implement some checks and balances to ensure the right diagnostic procedures are being administered properly and results are given so patients can make informed decisions regarding their care.