If you have visited the doctor lately, you may have noticed that healthcare
providers seem to be cramming as many patients as possible in to their
busy schedules. While the practice may help you get into see the doctor
San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we are concerned that the hectic pace could result in medical errors.
According to a 2012 study, the concerns are not unfounded. It confirmed
that rushed doctors and medical staff could be putting patients at risk.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality survey found that more than
70 percent of medical staff surveyed feel rushed or hurried when treating
patients. In addition, 52 percent reported that there are more patients
than can be handled by number of doctors and other healthcare workers
in the office. Finally, an alarming 41 percent feel that their office
has too many patients to be able to handle everything effectively.
As reported by
American Medical News, the results of the survey confirm that trying to see more patients in
smaller periods of time is greatly straining medical professionals. Experts
added that the hectic pace is dangerous because it can lead to errors
with medication, cause doctors to miss test results, and could potentially
lead to unnecessary trips to the emergency room.
“In many practice situations, the pace just does feel too fast,”
said David Shute, M.D., medical director of GreenField Health, an eight-physician
primary care clinic in Portland, Ore. “It’s well understood
that when humans are given too many tasks to focus on at once and there
is too much time pressure, the error rates go up. This survey highlights
a big problem.”
While the survey suggests that medical facilities need to slow down and
take steps to address the problem, most survey respondents noted that
patient safety was not always a top priority. 51 percent of respondents
said the clinics’ owners
aren’t investing enough resources to improve the quality of care. Nearly a third agreed that
in this office, getting more work done is more important than quality of care.
If you or someone you love has suffered from medical negligence, don’t
hesitate to contact
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.