There are some working in the medical field who thrive in the fast-paced, stressful environment. But constantly working long hours under varying levels of stress can have a cumulative effect on health care workers.
Emergency room physicians must have the abilities to quickly and accurately diagnose their critically ill patients. In the case of cerebral vascular accidents (CVA), more commonly known as strokes, this is even more vital. There is a "golden hour" after the onset of a stroke where treatment rendered is much more effective in limiting future damage. Miss it, and the outcome may not be optimum.
Imagine being told that you are HIV-positive. The doctor advises you to only have sex with other sero-positive patients and prescribes a grueling regime of medications that have crippling side effects.
If you're seeking surgery here in Louisville or elsewhere, it's normal to have concerns that something could go wrong during the procedure. While the majority of surgeries here in the United States go off without a hitch, every year there are too many "never events" and surgical errors that occur to patients.
A Louisville physician has been "indefinitely suspended" from practicing hormone medicine by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. 25 Again's medical director, Dr. Elizabeth Veeneman Bates, will retain her license to practice medicine and the clinic will not be shuttered.
When something goes wrong and a family member seeks medical treatment to fix the problem, you expect that the doctors and other medical professionals will correctly diagnose and treat the problem. You don't consider that their misdiagnosis and/or incorrect treatment protocols could render your loved one an invalid.
Medicine is not an exact science, and doctors are unable to guarantee their patients will have good outcomes. But that does not absolve some medical practitioners of egregious actions and treatment errors that rise to the level of medical malpractice.
Imagine having a permanent case of rhinitis, i.e., a runny nose, for two years. Tired of life tethered to a tissue box, you go to the doctor, who tells you that it's allergies.
A few years ago, one medical malpractice insurance company, The Doctor's Company, ordered an analysis of 1,180 malpractice claims against internal medicine doctors. They discovered that 58 percent of malpractice claims against internists were for high-severity injuries. This was in sharp contrast to the 34 percent of total claims against all doctors.
If your child's teacher gets sick and can't teach, the school calls in a substitute. If the fry cook at the local fast food eatery calls in, the manager either finds someone to man the grill or dons an apron himself and does the job.