Patient safety should be a priority for every health care establishment in Delaware. Unfortunately, patient safety concerns are in no short supply. A group of experts recently created a list of the top safety issues for patients in 2021, including things like clinician burnout and surgical errors, both of which can contribute to instances of medical malpractice.
A survey from Aug. 2020 found that 58% of clinicians reported experiencing symptoms of burnout, up from only 40% in 2018. Clinician burnout affects both patient care quality and safety, making it a serious health concern. Unfortunately, few of the physicians who reported feeling burned out said they had sought help or planned to do so.
Another concern for the upcoming year is surgical errors. Elective and non-essential surgeries were put on hold at some Delaware hospitals in 2020, creating a backlog at hospitals. An increasing number of surgeries on the horizon creates an opportunity for hospitals and doctors to make serious errors when patients go under the knife.
The implications of a doctor misinterpreting test results because of burnout or making an avoidable surgical error can be lifelong. Victims of medical malpractice often suffer physical, emotional and financial damages as a result of health care provider negligence. Getting help might feel impossible at first, but many victims have successfully navigated medical malpractice claims to secure compensation for their damages.