Medical malpractice is as a professional negligence by omission or by act. It happens everywhere in the world. Each year, between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits are brought against doctors. Some medical mistakes can’t be avoided due the fact that patients do not have control over them, but others can be avoided with the proper care. Let’s have a look at things we can do in order to prevent medical malpractice.
Steps to prevent medical malpractice
1.Recognizing medical mistakes
In order to prevent them you have to be able to recognize them first. Don’t be afraid to ask if you have any type of questions.
2.Getting a second opinion from another doctor
Before any medical procedure, it is very important that you ask for a second opinion from another good doctor and find out this way, if the diagnosis is the same. This not a matter of not trusting your doctor but being actually very responsible for your own health. If necessary, you can get a third opinion as well.
3.Avoid the emergency room unless it is actually an emergency
For a minor problem just go to see your family doctor or just go to a private hospital. Usually an emergency room is designed for providing the critically ill and there is the possibility of contacting a bacteria or a contagious disease. However,the idea is not to go there unless it’s a real emergency.
4.Bring a close person with you to the hospital
Bringing someone from your family or a very close friend to the hospital can be very helpful for you. They can help you make good decisions and they can ask questions that may not occur to you. During these important times,a second opinion and perspective may help you more than you think.
5.Read carefully and understand
Everything that is given to you,from a prescription to the results of a medical test,have to be read with attention for a good understanding, and then you can ask any questions you want. During this time do not be embarrassed to ask the doctor, nurse or the pharmacist to help you understand everything.
6.Get the best care
Perhaps the best way to avoid medical error is to search for a few potential doctors,get to know them and their experience,before before you actually commit to just one. Perform the right research,ask your family and your friends, and consider the most important factors, and you can reduce the chances of suffering the consequences of a medical error.