Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Physician-Nurse Miscommunication Can Be Damaging

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by | Posted In: Hospital Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Uncategorized

Two doctors examining a file

A study done in Toronto found that 30% of “procedurally relevant exchanges” resulted in communication failures where a key person was missing from the information exchange. Miscommunication between your nurse and your physician can lead to detrimental outcomes and may be labeled as Connecticut medical malpractice. That is why it is critical that you, as the patient, take every opportunity to make sure that information is being communicated in a timely and accurate manner between the two parties.

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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