A hospital oversight group indicates 80% of serious medical errors are caused by
poor communication between health care providers.
The Joint Commission, a nearly 100-year-old hospital's Standards and Oversight organization, has indicated that nearly 80% of serious medical errors and medical mistakes are caused by poor communication between heath care providers or healthcare teams, especially when a patient is transferred from one facility to another.
We've seen this over and over - when medical personnel fail to follow checklists, or communicate with one another, or follow up on tests and read results.
Specialization is a fact of life and anyone with a serious medical condition will likely be treated by several medical specialists, sometimes in different hospitals. Many doctors and nurses rely on specialists to give them the results of diagnostic tests - MRIs, CT scans, lab tests, etc.
Many communication errors that end up as medical malpractice can be avoided by common sense - telling the patient their diagnosis, the follow up care and tests they need, the medical specialists they need to see, etc. And having the specialist call the referring doctor if he diagnoses a serious or life threatening condition, like a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot.
Read an example of poor communication between doctors - and preventable medical errors - that led to a tragic result in one of our cases.
Have you experienced the frustration of dealing with multiple facilities and providers and yet nobody seems to know what's going on with your loved one? Do you feel like they just keep passing the buck, saying that it could be this or that, but not getting any straight answers?
Give us a call today to speak with someone who wants to hear your story at 202-393-3320. We take catastrophic (devastating) injury cases in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and would love to hear your story today.