San Diego medical malpractice attorneys, we are concerned by a new report that suggests that surgeons are at higher
risk for alcoholism. Even more alarming, doctors who show signs of alcohol
abuse may be more prone to medical errors.
Researchers, led by Dr. Michael Oreskovich at the University of Washington,
found that approximately 15 percent of surgeons have alcohol abuse or
dependency problems, which is notably higher than that of the general
population. In addition, the survey also revealed that surgeons who showed
signs of alcoholism were 45 percent more likely to admit that they had
made a major medical error in the past three months.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, although the study did not determine
why alcohol problems might be more common among surgeons, the demanding
nature of their jobs could play a part.
“The nature of the beast is that the percent of emergencies, the
percent of after-hours work and actual scheduled work itself all require
an energy and concentration that is really different than a lot of the
other specialties,” Oreskovich said.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a medical error, don’t
contact a San Diego medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.