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M. Joycelyn Elders, MD – Former U.S. Surgeon General When medical care itself goes awry, death and disability are absolutely the most awful outcomes that can happen. However, there are other significant losses. The trust of patients in doctors, other health professionals, hospitals, and medical care itself can be diminished. Doctors and medical staff can…
Enhancing Patient & Occupational Safety and Reducing Professional Liability:
In spite of these wide-ranging regulations and recommendations, compliance with these proven effective safe practices by surgical team members – especially surgeons – is sporadic at best.
From 1987 to early 2003, while I was chief of staff at the Lexington, KY VA Medical Center, we instituted a policy of full disclosure and fair negotiated compensation to anyone who had been injured by a medical error. No discretion was allowed and no case was too big or too small.