No News Isn’t Always Good News

A recent study found that up to 54 percent of medical errors reported by
physicians were related to the management of diagnostic test results.
A 2008 study concluded that errors in notifying patients about test results
were highly predictive of increased adverse events.

Unacceptably high rates of diagnostic errors persist in part because the
issue does not receive nearly as much attention as mistakes such as
operating on the wrong side of the patient’s body,
amputating the wrong limb, and other
surgical errors.

To correct this, doctors must take advantage of existing best practices
guidelines. These procedures were created to ensure that test results
are promptly and adequately relayed to patients and that proper follow-up
treatment is performed. Increased awareness and implementation of these
systems would go a long way toward improving the quality and safety of
healthcare in this country.

If your doctor failed to notify you of lab results, we invite you to
contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also
download or request attorney
Chris Mellino‘s free, easy-to-read guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.