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Today, some of the most common medical errors that have resulted in medical malpractice included medication errors, misdiagnoses, severe lapses in patient safety, patient health mismanagement, and failure to provide continuing care.
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Medical professionals, for instance, are highly regarded for their clinical expertise, compassionate caring, and judicious utilization of only the most effective and safest medical procedures, treatments, and modalities to provide patients with safe and quality care. People trust doctors to uphold their Hippocratic Oath of not doing the patient any harm. Unfortunately, they are still human beings who are susceptible to make mistakes. In cases where the mistake is beyond what a reasonable doctor would do, then the doctor faces the possibility of a medical malpractice being slapped against him.

Medical malpractice is almost always equated with medical negligence whereby an action, or inaction, of the medical practitioner has led to an injury or even death to a patient. Negligence has been defined as performing or not performing an act which a normal prudent person, given the same situation and circumstance, would have done or not done.

Technically, one has to consider the standards of care that doctors are expected to adhere to. They need to show proficiency and expertise in all aspects of patient care including the thoroughness of patient assessments, the appropriateness and accuracy of medical diagnoses, the soundness and applicability of the patient’s plan of care, and the use of only the safest and highest quality of medical treatment modalities and procedures. This also means that doctors need to continuously evaluate their patient’s progress to make the necessary changes in the treatment plan. Each of these phases comprise many more competencies, all of which can expose the doctor to a variety of errors.

Today, some of the most common medical errors that have resulted in medical malpractice included medication errors, misdiagnoses, severe lapses in patient safety, patient health mismanagement, and failure to provide continuing care. In some cases, failure to do something, an act of omission, can also constitute medical negligence; hence, medical malpractice.

Individuals or patients who have sustained injuries because of the negligence of a medical professional can file for a medical malpractice lawsuit. This allows them to recover compensation for any negligent acts. A safe medical practitioner or a healthcare institution is not generally held liable for all harm that befall a patient, however. It must be proven that a deviation from the standards of care occurred which led to the harm experienced by the patient.

Medical malpractice is a growing concern among healthcare professionals. And the growing awareness of patients about their individual rights have made a very thin line between safe and negligent medical care.

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