No one wants to hear bad news after a medical procedure. Yet even for routine surgeries, there might be some risk. When hospital staff and doctors take proper precautions, the risk of many complications might be reduced.
A new analysis may signal cause for concern among health care advocates and informed patients. Based on data collected between 2002 and 2013, researchers found that rates of paid medical malpractice claims declined. Unfortunately, fewer paid claims do not necessarily mean fewer patient injuries.
In the world of modern medicine, a patient’s care may be entrusted to team of health care professionals. Doctors, nurses, medical imaging technicians, anesthesiologists and others may be consulted. In Oregon and across the a country, a patient might be transferred to multiple facilities for specialized procedures.
According to a recent study of anesthesia-related medical malpractice claims, over three-quarters may arise from patients misunderstanding the risks prior to their procedures.