Are distractions a factor in medical malpractice?

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

Many factors could cause a physician in Texas to commit medical malpractice. They might be sleep-deprived, dealing with trauma or have a personal vendetta against a patient. However, a recent study has suggested that some physicians are simply distracted by other things. While distraction might not have a huge impact on your job performance if you work in retail, it can mean the difference between life and death if you’re an acting physician.

How can distractions cause surgical errors?

A recent study revealed that doctors are more likely to commit medical malpractice if they perform surgery on their birthday. The mortality rates for patients significantly increase if they have surgery on the doctor’s birthday, even when considering other factors. This suggests that even a minor distraction can affect a surgeon’s job performance.

One of the researchers pointed out that birthdays aren’t the only distraction that could lead to medical malpractice. Loud noises, irrelevant conversations and other distractions could lead to a surgical error. The researcher pointed out that hospitals should make an effort to reduce distractions as much as possible. They could even introduce a policy that allows surgeons to leave early on their birthday so they’re not distracted by upcoming celebrations.

Researchers noted that holidays and weekends can have a similar impact on a surgeon’s job performance. For this reason, it’s important for doctors to focus on the task at hand and not get distracted by their upcoming plans. If they feel like they might face distractions, they could decide not to work on birthdays or holidays altogether. Taking time off is better than potentially endangering a patient’s life.

Can you file a lawsuit if you experience a surgical error?

A surgical error, medication mix-up or any other form of medical malpractice could have a drastic impact on your mental and physical health. It’s important to hold physicians accountable for their mistakes to reduce the likelihood of another patient suffering from the same issues. An attorney could help you navigate the complex world of filing a lawsuit and bring the physician to justice.