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Direct Supervision by Attending Does Not Decrease Medical Errors, Study Says

Hospital negligence can lead to devastating harm. If you or your loved one has sustained an injury due to a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, in addition to compensation, we are committed to getting clients the justice they deserve in their case. If you believe you have a valid Rochester medical malpractice claim, it is important to act as soon as possible after the incident.According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, having attending physicians participate on work rounds does not reduce the rate of medical errors made by medical residents in a large academic hospital. In fact, data show that a larger attending physician presence may negatively affect resident education, since residents often feel intimidated and less empowered to make decisions.

The trial included 22 attending physicians, who provided either increased direct supervision in which they joined work rounds or standard supervision in which they were available but did not join work rounds. Doctors provided both forms of supervision in random order. The analysis included 1,259 patients, with 5,772 patient-days. The research found that medical mistake rates did not substantially differ between standard and increased supervision.

When a medical professional fails in their duty, the result is often medical malpractice, which can lead to serious injuries and even death. Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional violates the appropriate standard of care while diagnosing or treating a patient, thereby causing harm to the patient. In order to win a malpractice case, the injured patient must demonstrate the following:  i) the medical professional owed the patient a duty to follow the standard of care; ii) the medical professional violated this duty; and iii) the medical professional’s violation was a direct and foreseeable cause of the patient’s harm. You should be aware that hospitals can be liable for the negligence of physicians whom they employ, as well as residents and interns.

If you can establish medical malpractice, you may be able to pursue a variety of damages, such as past, present, and prospective medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, the cost of future medical care, and any other losses related to the malpractice. Every claim is inherently different, so we will not be able to provide an estimate of your case’s worth without meticulously parsing through the details.

If you have suffered harm because of a medical professional’s negligence in a hospital setting, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Rochester medical malpractice attorneys can investigate the facts of your case and determine whether malpractice occurred. We are here to respond to your questions and address your concerns. You can rest assured that we will make every effort to get you full and fair compensation in your case. For more information, call us at 833-200-2000, or you can reach us online.

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