How To Reduce Your Malpractice Risk

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One of the biggest risks that medical professionals face today is malpractice lawsuits. The problem with many of these lawsuits is they arise from false claims, but it does not matter because they can still be a blemish on the physician’s record for the duration of their career. If at any time a patient believes their physician failed them by rendering improper services, they have the right to file a claim or lawsuit against the physician. It is the jury’s responsibility to determine if the plaintiff’s claims are legitimate or fraudulent. With that said, it is up to the medical professional to keep their malpractice risks to a minimum.

Practice Thorough Documentation

In the past, hospitals, doctors and nurses documented on paper. Today, almost every medical facility and physician has converted from paper to computer for documenting important details about their patients’ physical condition, diagnosis, treatments and care. If you have not adopted a computerized documentation system yet, you are increasing your risk of malpractice.

Paper documentation opened up doors for negligence claims and lawsuits, relating to typos. The computerized documentation system has worked wonders to reduce these errors. While they are still common, they are most often found before they can turn into a claim.

Establish Trusted Relationships With Patients

Every medical professional has a unique personality. While some are very friendly with their patients, others are a little standoffish. Patients rely on their physician for just about every aspect of their well-being. They expect nothing but the best from their doctor, especially when it comes to a diagnosis and treatment.

Establishing a good rapport with all of your patients is a great way to reduce your malpractice risk. Doing so will keep doors for communication open, earn you more respect and allow you to show your concern in a more intimate way without going overboard.

Always Communicate Clearly

To avoid a medical malpractice lawsuit in the future, you should learn how to communicate more clearly with your patients. Many physicians make the mistake of utilizing medical terminology when speaking with patients. It is a fact that most people are not familiar with the medical lingo, so it is best to find ways of utilizing it. Sit down with your patients and explain things more clearly to them. And, always keep the communication simple, so they can understand what you are actually saying.

Always Listen Carefully

It is true that most physicians and nurses have a heavy workload. In fact, they have so many responsibilities that they must attend to that they are left with little time to listen to their patients. Clinics, hospitals and healthcare centers are always jammed packed with sick patients. And, when you consider that most of these facilities work with limited staff on a day to day basis. Of course, you must see progress and keep your productivity numbers up, but what about your patients?

When you are speaking with a patient, you should always take the time to listen to what they have to say. They are probably providing you with some very important details about their condition. And, these details are necessary for identifying a true diagnosis.