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Issues in communication often lead to medical errors

When you think about medical errors, you might find yourself wondering how and why they occur so often. The medical facilities and health care workers in the Redwood City are some of the best in the country. However, it is not uncommon to hear about medical malpractice claims from patients. Medical mistakes claim more than 250,000 lives every year, states John Hopkins Medicine. 

One of the many reasons why medical errors occur is because of communication challenges. There must be a clear line of communication between every worker in the health care field. Doctors rely on nurses and nurses rely on nursing assistants, registration staff and other hospital workers. When there is a breakdown in any of those areas, patients often suffer the consequences. According to a study on medical malpractice claims from 2009 to 2013 in StatNews, if there were no problems with communication between health care workers, at least 2,000 people would still be alive. 

Communication is essential in the medical field. Everyone who is involved in the patient care process should be able to listen and effectively communicate the right information about patients. They should ask for clarification and verify when there is confusion. Investigation and research are necessary to ensure the accuracy of all prescribed diagnostics, treatments and medications. 

Patients should also learn to communicate effectively with their care providers. They should question their doctors when they do not fully understand diagnostic, treatment and medication recommendations. Patients should also get additional opinions from other experts in the field so they can make well-informed decisions about their care.

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