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VSRP malpractice.wps - Zwicky 1 Garrett Zwicky 4/4/08...

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Zwicky 1 -1Garrett Zwicky 4/4/08 English 190 Are Doctors Always the Cause of Medical Errors? Most Americans come into contact with the medical field constantly throughout their lives. This process begins in the delivery room at birth and continues with annual check-ups throughout a person’s life. During the past fifty years, medical advances have increased the average life expectancy from 69.5 years to 77.6 years. Despite these impressive advances, medical errors account for 44,000 to 98,000 fatalities annually, making these errors the eighth leading cause of death among Americans. As with any career, human error cannot be avoided in medicine. However, due to the grave consequences of these errors, physicians often suffer lawsuits that tarnish their reputations and ruin their careers. Due to the complexity of today’s medical system, medical errors are not always the doctor’s fault. Miscommunication among medical professionals, misuse of technology, and even patients are at the heart of many medical errors, for which physicians unjustly suffer the legal consequences. Advanced research in certain fields of medicine and the creation of new medicines has resulted in the need for specialists such as neurologists, OB/GYNs, and cardiologists. These specialists have created new treatments to more effectively combat advanced diseases and chronic illnesses. However, this increases the complexity of the medical system because patients require several specialists to care for them. The chances of medical error increase when information must be exchanged between many doctors, as opposed to a single doctor caring for a patient, which was the case before the rise of
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Zwicky 2 specialists. In the early 20 th century, medical professionals were physicians in a much more general sense. A single physician was able to know all that there was to know about medicine at that time. As a result, one physician was able to treat a patient, instead of a team of specialist physicians. However, new technology and research made it impossible for one to be adequately educated in all of the fields that the new developments gave rise to. As a result, modern medicine demands professionals who specialize in a given area and work closely with professionals in others areas to treat a patient, especially those with chronic conditions. By definition, a chronic condition is an illness that lasts longer than three months
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