A recent survey of almost 2000 physicians revealed that approximately one-third of all physicians did not completely agree with the concept that they should disclose a serious medical error to the patient. This means, that these physicians do not believe it is necessary when their patient has been the victim of a serious medical error. This certainly is an issue in Tucson, Arizona, as it is nationwide.
Unfortunately, medical errors and medical malpractice are all too common. One important way that errors are corrected is for doctors and nurses is to be honest with their patients. Many Tucson doctors are careful to discuss their mistakes with their patients, but too often, they do not. Frank conversations allows the doctor and the patient to learn from the medical mistake or malpractice and move forward with their lives.
Also, it is very important that any person that is undergoing medical care have an advocate to speak on their behalf. A watchful eye is imperative to prevent medical errors or medical malpractice. When your loved one is getting care, especially in a Tucson hospital environment, they need someone to ask the types of questions that they are not able to ask for themselves. Such as, "what do you think is wrong with John?" "What is the next step to find out what is wrong or to fix what is wrong?" "When will this procedure be done?" and "When will we know the results of that procedure?" These types of questions are very important, and must be asked on a regular basis of your health care providers. Yes, your doctors and nurses will be irritated that you are asking these questions, but you still must do it.