3 tips to avoid a medical slip-up

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No one thinks being a doctor is easy – so why do we give them such a hard time when they mess up?

The answer is obvious – these are people with the lives of others in their hands every day, leaving them open to criticism and lawsuits for even the slightest infraction.

Yet medical professionals work day and night, facing arduous hours just to make sure their patients receive the proper treatment.

One misplaced knick from a surgeon or a pair of unwashed hands from a doctor could, however, place entire hospitals at risk. And with a crew of tired doctors, the likelihood of an accident increases.

What can a doctor do to avoid disastrous consequences, both legally and ethically? For a start, try some of these tips.

Songs of appraisals

When you’re a chronically tired doctor, sometimes having a fresh pair of eyes to observe you can be exactly what you need to up your game.

Moreover, the rules of the medical practice change constantly. While the foundation remains the same, new discoveries can change the administering of techniques dramatically. And not practising in line with modern regulations could leave you vulnerable to legal action should anything go awry.

Wouldn’t you like someone who knows the medical authority’s position at every juncture?

Persuade your hospital to call in a company to act as a doctors appraisal consultancy, keeping you in line and up to date. While it might seem like a bother, it’ll also help keep you on the straight and narrow.

Refreshing feeling

Even when you’re an old hand at the medical game, relearning your well-worn skills can be vital – and it’ll give you a fresh perspective on the medical world.

Attend a regular number of refresher courses every year, including courses detailing your legal and ethical responsibilities as a medical professional. Again, the goalposts are always changing. Why not stay one step ahead of the game?

Moreover, these courses will give you the opportunity to hobnob with other doctors, giving you the chance to know everyone’s varying techniques.

Constant communication

Although you’re the person in the know in any hospital, you’ve got to be able to take your patients’ views into account.

Bedside manners aren’t just a necessary strategy to put patients at ease. Doctors can learn a lot from their bite-sized chats next to hospital beds.

Communication skills are a must in any hospital. After all, how is patient supposed to understand their treatment if information isn’t explained properly?

Make sure you know how to speak to your patients – and they’ll be more tolerant when you make a minor slip-up.

June 22, 2015 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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