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December 2008 Archives

Doctors Who Behave Badly Cause Medical Mistakes

As Dr. Peter B. Angood stated, "It is the healthcare equivalent of road rage", when doctors act in an arrogant and obnoxious fashion and acting in a such a fashion not only affects their own conduct, but the conduct of the support staff around them who provide care to the patients. A survey of hospitals found that 67% of those responding to the survey believed that there was a connection between disruptive behavior by doctors and medical mistakes. 18% of the persons said that they specifically knew of a mistake that had occurred because of an obnoxious doctor. Another survey showed that a large percentage of hospital staff members were so intimidated by a doctor that they did not share their concerns about orders for medications that appeared to be incorrect which may have resulted in medication errors to the patient. There has even been thinking that when the wrong body part is being operated on in the operating room that the persons around the surgeon who knew differently did not feel empowered to speak up.

Hospital Acquired Infections are on the Rise, but May be Preventable

Christian & Davis, LLC has long been aware that there has been an increase in the number of hospital infections. MRSA infections, which are serious infections that are resistant to most antibiotics have been on the rise for a number of years, and have almost become epidemic. The primary problem is that it has been difficult to prove that it was the negligence of the hospital which caused this. Our firm has vigilant in reviewing such cases, especially to determine if the physicians and hospitals timely recognized when these infections occurred and treated them properly. The failure to timely treat them can result in severe damage or even death.

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