adjustments range from moving their practice to a different location or reducing care in certain specialty areas (Thomas, 2010). An example of a medical malpractice lawsuit is the case involving a Tennessee woman ’ s baby who suffered a brain injury and ischemic insult because of medical complications during delivery. The woman started experiencing complications during labor and the baby ’ s heart rate decreased. The decrease in the baby ’ s heart rate was noted at 1:30pm. The woman was rushed to the operating room where the physician performed an emergency cesarean section delivery, the baby was born at 1:58 pm. The physician discovered during the delivery the woman had a ruptured uterus. The woman filed a lawsuit claiming the physician and nurses were negligent and responsible for the baby ’ s injuries. According to the baby ’ s mother, the nurses delayed calling physician by 15 minutes thus causing the extensive injuries. The end result was the physician settling with the baby ’ s mother before a trial commenced (Collins, 2013). The Process Available After Adverse Medical Events in Health Care When a provider or facility experiences a medical malpractice suit it is important for everyone who was involved to look back on the event and try to understand or gain a sense of perspective of what happened, this is the first step to understanding what went wrong. A catastrophic event can be overwhelming for a provider and it can cause emotional distress. Monitoring how they are coping with the malpractice lawsuit is the second step. If the event causes too much distress this can interfere with their professional and personal life. The next step is to change the significance and definition of the event. Most malpractice lawsuits cause the provider to question every aspect of their training and competence, they believe they are no longer a good doctor because of this one event (Charles, 2001). There are two objectives of the medical malpractice liability system and that is to make sure those who have been injured by a
negligent provider are compensated and that the providers are negligent would practice medicine more carefully (Kessler, 2011). The system is designed to compensate the patients not look at how experienced the provider is in their field. Information collected of the occurrences of the most shocking health care errors are not only to improve patient safety but to also hold public accountability for these adverse events. Once an adverse event has happened the public does expect health care providers to take all necessary step to ensure the same mistakes do not happen again. Legal Requirements of Health Care Reform and Their Impact on Patient Care The health care reform was designed with the patient’s safety, security and quality in mind.
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- Fall '14
- Physician, Medical malpractice