Diagnostic errors

The social resonance in clinical negligence and medical errors

According to numerous polls and researches it became clear that the more experience, integrity and honesty the doctor has, the more often he would be wrong. This is where a doctor can demonstrate his wisdom by admitting mistakes, publicly discussing them, and trying to learn the ways to avoid them in future. Narcissism and ignorance, the belief that the risk of mistake is excluded is a road to new and new errors, the fact that may lead a specialist to legal liability. A universal position for the doctor in this case should be a detailed approach to studying issues and thorough exploration of all the manifestations.

diagnostic processClinical experience shows that even with modern medical-diagnostic equipment in hospitals, a sincere desire to do good, diligent and devoted work, most good doctors are not protected from errors of moral, ethical and professional nature. For example, radiological examination of the stomach in 30% yields erroneous data. The reliability of ultrasound diagnosis, taking one of the leading places in the paraclinical diagnosis, in cardiovascular disease ranges from 50-80% to 90-95%. According to a number of medical negligence solicitors, running their profiles at Solicitors.Guru (one of the most dynamically developing startups in the UK that allows you to find a solicitor really quickly), the percentage of difference in clinical and pathologic diagnosis is 10-20% of all autopsies, while the frequency of differences in comparison with basic diagnoses ranges from 4,7 to 21,6% of autopsies. (more…)