Patients have a level of trust already in place when they enter a hospital or medical facility. It’s the expectation that sickness or injury will be cured under the treatment of a doctor. That expectation is not always met, unfortunately, as medical professionals have lapses in judgement or skill and do not adhere to the standard of care. They’re human, so mistakes will happen, but they must be held accountable for these mistakes. A serious issue in emergency rooms and other sectors of the hospital is delayed treatment. It’s actually something that many patients may not recognize at first, but suffering from delayed treatment can have a direct impact on your overall health.
In simple form, delayed treatment is when the nurse or doctor makes an inaccurate assessment of a patient’s symptoms. It could be that the severity of a condition is not taken seriously enough, and that lack of urgency leads to a lack of correct treatment and care. In some delayed treatment cases, it’s important to look at whether the patient was admitted. And if the patient was admitted, what type of treatment did they receive? Was it fast enough? Was the right treatment administered? Did the medical team mischaracterize the condition and discharge the patient too soon? There are plenty of questions that come into play with a case that revolves around this.
Why it occurs is a great question, because it never really should, right? A patient shouldn’t have to worry about not receiving the best treatment. These mistakes arise from a lack of complete understanding toward the patient’s symptoms. It also goes together with diagnosis, as there are plenty of symptoms that fit similar conditions, so it can be a challenge to define what is happening to a patient. The most egregious reason is due to a failure in following up with the patient.
What Can I Do?
Unfortunately, it’s hard to really question the knowledge of someone when their job is specifically designed to aid you, but there is one thing you can do: ask questions. There’s no limit to the amount of questions you can ask. By asking, you’re making the medical professional basically explain their thought process.
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