All of us need medical intervention at some point in our lives. Sometimes, this is very minor but it can also be for serious and even life-threatening conditions. As the stakes are so high, it is important that doctors and other medical staff are well-trained and act with the utmost professionalism.
Part of these wider responsibilities includes communicating with each other about patients, treatments and other pertinent information. If communication breaks down, then the quality of treatment offered to patients can dramatically increase.
Outlined below are some of the more specific reasons why communication in hospitals is so important.
They can prevent a wrong diagnosis
Not only is communication between medical staff important, but the conversations between patients and doctors are also critical. The starting point of a diagnosis is usually for a patient to tell the doctor what has happened. If this message is not conveyed or listened to then the diagnosis that follows may not be accurate.
They can help avoid treatment mistakes
There is usually more than one person treating a patient. The doctor may pass on a diagnosis and other information to the pharmacy or surgical team. There is no room for error with this information because if the wrong type of medication is administered this could be fatal. The same can be said if the wrong type of surgical procedure is carried out.
Being a doctor comes with a lot of responsibilities. As a patient, you may literally be putting your life in their hands. If a medical institution has failed in its duty of care toward you, then you might be able to pursue compensation for your suffering. Seeking some legal guidance will let you know exactly where you stand.