Medical Malpractice Case Study

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Medical malpractice refers to skilled negligence by a health care professional or provider in which treatment provided was below standards, and caused damage, to a patient. In common cases, the medical malpractice or negligence involves a medical error, possibly in diagnosis, drug dosage, wellbeing management, treatment or aftercare. Examples of hospital errors include: Giving the patient the incorrect medication, Leaving possessions inside the patient 's body after surgery, Misdiagnosis, etc. (Nordqvist). According to timesofindia.indiatimes.com (Iyer) World Health Organization believes that one in 10 hospital admissions leads to an unfavourable event and one in 300 admissions in death. While a British National Health System survey in 2009…show more content…
It said that there are 2,000 deaths every year from needless surgery; 7,000 deaths from prescription errors in hospitals; 20,000 from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 from infections in hospitals; and 106,000 deaths every year from non-error, fatal effects of medications. In all, 225,000 deaths occur per year in the US due to unintended medical errors. This assignment analyses on one of such cases of medical negligence. It will briefly summarize the case study in the first portion of this assignment. It will then define the 4 d’s of ethics which are namely Duty, Dereliction, Damage and Direct. Later on, the assignment would analyse on how each of the characteristics are being violated by examining the case carefully. To support and strengthen the argument this assignment has inserted a similar case of medical negligence that occurred to a patient suffering from meningitis. similarities and dissimilarities in both the cases are studied pretty well and points argued accordingly. Towards the end of the assignment a debate is demonstrated on how much to be claimed by the plaintiff. Lots of precedents and legal rulings are added to strengthen my case. Finally the assignment comes to an end with an…show more content…
He was immediately taken to be examined by Dr. Amal. The baby was suspected of meningococcal disease and ordered the patient to shift to hospital ‘A’. At the hospital ‘A’ the patient was diagnosed by junior doctor Barnie. Contrary to the procedures, hospital A did not consider Dr Amal’s diagnosis during triage. Instead of ordering for CT scan or lumbar puncture to test fluid around the brain the baby was discharged with a diagnosis of viral infection along with blood tests showing positive results for bacterial infection. In addition to this Dr Bernie did not provide discharge advice to the patient. A few days later the baby fell ill and he was diagnosed by doctor Chula who failed to refer the tests done on the baby previously and suspected a viral infection. She referred her patient to hospital B. The a patient arrived exhausted and dehydrated. The following day the baby suffered from cardiac arrest and passed away. A month later the parents sued the hospital for medical

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