Examples Of Medical Negligence

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Medical negligence – Are you getting accurate diagnosis? Atul and Nalini (names changed) were over the moon on arrival of their new-born son. The delivery happened at a leading hospital in Coimbatore. But shortly, their joy turned into grief. Their new born son lost his eyesight due to sheer negligence in administering IV (Intravenous) by the duty nurse. The baby developed bacterial infections which spread to the eyes and thereby losing sight. Had there been timely intervention by doctors, this situation would not have arised. What is Medical Negligence –? According to Wikipedia, Medical Negligence is defined as professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment is below the prescribed…show more content…
Over 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from hospital acquired infections. Studies show that at least 50% of medical equipment in developing countries is unusable or only partly usable due to lack of knowledge on how to use. As a result, substandard diagnosis or treatment is meted out to patients and may result in serious injury or death. Every year, unsafe injections cause 1.3 million deaths, primarily due to transmission of blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, C virus and HIV. Problems associated with surgical safety in developed countries account for half adverse events that result in death or disability. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer." Can all premature death be termed as medical…show more content…
The main function of the board is govern all hospitals and medical colleges in the county and granting degree on completion of the course. The board also has the right to revoke license of any doctor / hospital found guilty in indulging in malpractice or negligence. Section 39 – If a doctor suspects a medico – legal case, he must inform the nearest police station but only after finishing his duties towards the patient. According to Article 21 states that the patient should be given immediate medical attention and only once he is stable, rest of the formalities should be undertaken. Section 39 of Criminal Procedure Code of India states that the legal proceedings should commence immediately so that maximum evidence can be collected before it is destroyed during treatment. Article 21- Any hospital cannot deny medical attention to an accident victim on any pretext (lack of facilities, infrastructure, monetary etc.). In case of a female victim, written consent for examining from the victim is mandatory. They should also have a female attendant with them at all times. This law applies to all hospitals – government, private and nursing homes. Doctors are bound by law to keep patient information confidential. What can be termed as a medico legal
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