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Possible causes of errors in medical labs

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

There may be numerous steps involved in evaluating and diagnosing any medical condition. In some cases, sending samples to a medical lab for testing may be necessary to reach a diagnosis and decide on a path of care, but are the results of these tests always accurate? Medical lab errors remain a common concern, and such negligence could lead to an improper diagnosis that may threaten the well-being of patients in Delaware. 

The types of mistakes

Studies indicate that medical lab errors can occur under various scenarios and that each type of error could affect the validity of test results. In some cases, errors may occur when staff members fail to identify changes in lab environments, as similar issues could skew test results. The risks of errors may also be greater when team members either have inadequate training to use lab instruments or fail to identify and address the presence of faulty or malfunctioning lab equipment.  

The results of lab tests may also prove inaccurate if lab teams fail to adhere to proper laboratory testing procedures. Studies also indicate that negligence could also stem from human error due to carelessness or lack of competence. According to studies, all medical lab errors could be preventable, provided the necessary precautions are taken. 

The impact they can have

Medical lab errors can lead to an inaccurate diagnosis that may do little to treat a patient’s condition or even lead to a lack of treatment that could place one’s health at significant risk. Those who suffer severe or permanent harm due to such negligence might choose to speak with an attorney for advice on their options for legal recourse and the next steps to take. An attorney can examine the situation a client in Delaware is facing and assist in preparing to seek the full amount of restitution he or she is entitled to receive through a medical malpractice claim.