Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Communication Can Be Damaging

Sunday, October 28th, 2018 by | Posted In: Hospital Negligence, Medical Malpractice

A study done at the University of Michigan found that communication between doctors and nurses can be damaging when it comes to patient care. Miscommunication between your nurse and your physician can lead to detrimental outcomes and may be labeled as Connecticut medical malpractice.

Nurses and doctors approach patient care from different perspectives. The study found that nurses did not directly express their needs or what they wanted. While hospital hierarchy puts nurses at a disadvantage, the study still suggests nurses be direct with physicians.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your physician and nurses are communicating with each other.

  1. If your nurse/physician tells you something, make sure to confirm it with the other party the next chance you get.
  2. When talking with your nurse/physician take notes (or have someone do it for you) to make sure you remember everything that was discussed.
  3. Ask questions, multiple times.  If you are unclear about something, ask for clarification.

These steps will not completely eliminate the risk of miscommunication between your nurse/physician, but they will go a long way to limiting it.  If you believe that a miscommunication between your nurse/physician led to additional permanent injuries that may have otherwise been prevented contact a knowledgeable and experienced Connecticut medical malpractice firm.

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