Can Better Communication Reduce Post-Surgery Lawsuits?
Posted on: June 5, 2015 by Javier iSure
In 1989, a study of Florida Obstetricians reveals that about 6% of them accounted for over 70% of all malpractice-related expenses over a five-year period. Shortly after this study, it was found that a large reason these lawsuits occurred was because about a quarter of the mothers pursuing litigation were doing so because the deaths or permanent injury of their newborn infants necessitated money, understandably. About a third of the respondents, however, cited their reason for litigation as being poor communication on part of the doctors.
Obstetricians are not the only doctors who’ve faced malpractice lawsuits, and today lawsuits are more rampant than ever. Surgery centers are a prime example of a healthcare facility that could potentially face legal claims. While the right Miami Surgical Center Insurance policy will financially protect your facility from a claim, it’s important to do all that you can to reduce your risks. Better patient communication is a key factor in doing so.
According to a Modern Healthcare article published last year, of almost 4 million patients who were sent home after having outpatient surgery, close to 32 out of every 1,000 were admitted to the hospital or visited an E.R. for follow-up care within seven days of being discharged. The study authors found that speaking with patients regarding the symptoms they could experience following a surgical procedure could help reduce hospital visits, and thus limit the chances of surgical center staff being hit with a claim of negligence.
There are simple steps that can be taken to improve overall communication with surgery patients. For example, experts recommend speaking with patients about their post-operative care well before they even have the surgery, rather than in the post-operative period when they are still recovering and are likely not going to be very alert.
At iSure Insurance Brokers, we understand the risks faced by those who work in the healthcare field. This is why we offer comprehensive insurance programs that address the exposures professionals face, not only in the healthcare industry but in other Miami Professional Service areas as well. Please contact us today for more information about our products and services at (855) 381- 6123.