Friday, 19 of January of 2018

Physician Burnout Could Lead to Higher Risk of Patient Injuries and Medical Mistakes

The Institute of Medicine performed a study which revealed preventable medical errors killed as many as 98,000 people every year in the United States. That is unacceptable, especially if some of those medical errors were due to a physician or doctor working long hours.

By John Coooper, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

According to a recent study, “physicians, and particularly residents (who usually carry larger workloads), were at higher risk of burnout than nurses and other personnel,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

In addition, research conducted at Northwestern found that roughly “half of the anesthesiologists surveyed, 55 doctors in all, were deemed to be suffering from “high burnout” or “moderately-high burnout.”

Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a Mayo Clinic hematologist, highlighted the troubling fact that “burnout is associated with malpractice suits.” This correlation makes sense. If a physician or doctor is tired, irritable, or drowsy they are more prone to make medical mistakes that could seriously injure patients.

The Institute of Medicine performed a study which revealed preventable medical errors killed as many as 98,000 people every year in the United States. That is unacceptable, especially if some of those medical errors were due to a physician or doctor working long hours.

All physicians and doctors must be responsible and take the necessary steps to prevent burnout. Why? Because is a doctor or physician seriously injures a patient and a medical malpractice claim is filed against them, the excuse of being tired probably will not prevail in court. In fact, this reason  for medical errors is the type of explanation that the best VA medical malpractice lawyers should look for to have a jury understand why a qualified and experienced physician or surgeon might make a glaring error resulting in permanent and catastrophic harm to a patient.

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