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Treatment complications and medical errors

Treatment complications and medical errors


People have been trying to unravel the complexities of the human body for thousands of years. But the secrets of the human body hidden within the skin and muscles are still a challenge for medical science. The many undiscovered mysteries of the human body reveal the limitations of our knowledge.



More than 60,000 types of problems can occur in the 13 organ systems of the human body. 4000 treatment procedures and surgical methods and more than 6000 medicines are used to address these various problems or disease conditions.


It is impossible to predict how the human body will react to different types of diseases and their treatment. Therefore, despite the good intentions and honest efforts of doctors in treating patients, sometimes strange situations arise. Such complex situations that occur during treatment may be beyond the control of the doctor. which may lead to unintended or adverse consequences.


Even if the doctor makes every effort to prevent the disease from reaching a complicated state, sometimes it cannot be predicted that the situation will be like this. Because of this, any patient may have a problem at any time. As in mathematics, there is no two plus two four in medical science. There are many instances where patients and their relatives do not understand that the medicine used by the doctor during treatment is not a miracle but only an effect, causing misunderstandings and even creating a situation of stress.


Medical errors in complex situations vary widely. In this, weaknesses may appear due to the policies and systems of the hospital. Such as lack of human resources, fatigue due to non-stop duty, insufficient test materials and inadequate equipment, lack of hygiene, questions on the ability and discipline of doctors and nurses are the reasons for possible errors. However, these issues are not beyond managerial control.


Such errors can be minimized if the relevant government agencies take these matters seriously and strictly monitor them. For example, granting licenses to only those health institutions that can meet the safety standards of patients, keeping strict supervision over them, establishing a quality measurement department so that the hospital itself has skilled and dedicated staff for continuous monitoring of patient safety, etc.


Drinking and driving is a legal offence. If a driver causes an accident under the influence of alcohol, it is considered a serious crime. The first place to take injured patients in any accident is the emergency ward of the hospital. Where doctors, nurses and paramedical staff diligently gather for his emergency treatment. But the treatment of all patients is not successful as expected. Sometimes this type of patient cannot be saved even after many efforts by the doctor. In such a situation, there is an increasing trend of hooligans accumulating in the hospital premises and complaining about the doctor's negligence. The physical assault and abuse of a doctor who tried to save a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol and was brought to the hospital in critical condition after an accident caused by the same is unforgivable. What irony, to forget the negligence of his patient but to see the negligence of the doctor who tried to save him?


Another example is also relevant to mention here. A child playing alone on the roof suddenly falls and dies during treatment. In such a situation, who is made a partner of guilt? That blame is also heaped on the hospital, while the person responsible should be the parents, who leave the little ones alone in a dangerous place.


What to do if the patient dies despite the doctor's best efforts? Have we ever debated and deliberated about this? We are not This is not to say that doctors do not make mistakes or that there are no malpractices in hospitals. People make mistakes in any profession. Intentional mistakes are not forgivable. The New York University Institute of Medicine published a report in 2013, revealing that medical errors are the third leading cause of patient death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer.


The research report stated that 440,000 people die every year in the US due to medical errors. Based on the data of the report, it seems that more than 50 patients die every hour due to medical errors. These facts show that the existing healthcare system should be improved and monitored immediately.


Even so, it is important to draw a dividing line between complications and medical errors. The responsibility of which should be given to a team of experts, and not to a group of jurors trying to take the law into their own hands. If there is a medical error, there should be a system for correction, punishment and compensation. But there can be no agreement or apology in complicated or odd situations. Because that is neither error nor carelessness. The most serious thing is the violence in the health sector. Due to this, the morale of doctors and nurses is decreasing. In such a situation, they will eventually be forced to flee.


Doctors and nurses never intend to harm anyone. There is no greater moment of happiness for them than when the patient they are treating recovers completely. To the credit of their dedication or to whom they have saved thousands of lives. The irony is that out of those thousands of successful treatments, one complicated case goes viral, causing them to become partners in abuse and abuse. Let's not look at doctors as gods, because they are not gods, they are devoted to the treatment of patients with compassion. The patient prays for a speedy recovery.


The patient has the right to choose the doctor and hospital to treat him. He should do that by looking at the doctor's studies, skills and experience and hospital records. Likewise, the doctor should give detailed counseling to the patient and his family members about the disease, treatment methods, possible complications and diagnosis.


The patient and his relatives should not hesitate to ask the doctor their reasonable questions or clarifications. At such a time, it is important for everyone to understand that doctors also have the right to choose their patients. The lack of correct and regular consultation is the main factor that creates tension between the patient, his family and the doctor. For this, hospital management can play a constructive role in the practice of good counseling. This will increase the camaraderie between the service receivers and the service providers and encourage the doctors in sensitive work like health care and give trust and comfort to the patients.


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