How Unsafe Working Conditions Affect Medical Mistakes

February 28, 2013

Personal Injury

stethoscope and keyboardUnsafe working conditions in a medical facility can lead to medical mistakes that result in patients experiencing traumatic injuries.

An unclean, unorganized or overworked health facility can lead to serious errors. Such errors can result in pain and suffering, lost wages, injury or death for medical malpractice victims.

The first rule for medical care is cause no harm. Under this principle, all health care professionals are required to provide reasonable care or treatment for patients that does not risk causing more harm than good. This includes the diagnosis, care and treatment of ailments.

Faulty medical devices, misdiagnosis or issuing the wrong prescription drug comprise the most common medical malpractice suits. Others common causes include conducting the wrong battery of tests, performing surgery on the wrong body part or leaving things in a patient’s body.

The medical working environment affects how health professionals act with patients. Unclean equipment can lead to serious infections. A lack of organization can lead to faulty machines displaying the wrong data. An overworked staff can miss symptoms they should have seen.

In recent years, some hospitals have cut back on staff, which has placed a large burden on overworked triage nurses. In a poorly administered medical facility, this can lead to mistakes and oversights that can be detrimental for the health of a patient.

A poorly operated workplace can lead to casual behavior, and lower standards can make workplace mistakes more common. The health care facility must demand the highest standards for medical care to reduce mistakes, failures or errors.

No matter what the cause of the medical mistake, victims need to protect themselves legally. Medical malpractice will recover compensation for pain and suffering, future medical costs and lost wages.

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