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Five Signs That Your Doctor is Dangerous [infographic]

Thumbnail image for male doctor.jpgIt is important to recognize the signs of an unsafe physician prior to undergoing any medical treatment. An ounce of prevention is better than the pound of cure and conducting thorough research into the background and reputation of a physician can minimize the risks patients face. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America and the following are five of the most common "red flags" that patients need to keep in their thoughts as they pursue medical treatment in Illinois.

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1. A History of Misdiagnosis & Malpractice

Patients should review a physician's record to determine whether he/she has a history of misdiagnosing patients. Misdiagnosis can lead to delayed treatment of life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease. This can complicate treatment and negatively impact patient mortality. Similarly, a history of medical malpractice cases is something that patients should seriously investigate. Individuals should review physicians' records to determine whether they are currently, or have been on probation. 

2. Poor Communication

Physicians, nurses, and other members of the medical team must have good communication skills. Poor communication is a leading cause of medical malpractice and can increase the risk of negative outcomes. Good communication not only involves prompt and reliable answers to health questions, it involves maintaining thorough and accurate health records that members of the care team can access to monitor ongoing treatment. 

3. Rude Treatment

Patients undergoing medical treatment are under considerable stress and it is crucial for physicians and members of the health provider team to provide compassionate and reliable treatment. Studies have shown that surgeons that are disrespectful or openly rude are more likely to cause negative health impacts.

4. Understaffing

Understaffed healthcare facilities often require physicians, nurses, technologists, etc. to work beyond safe limits. This leads to exhaustion and burnout, which can lead to medical errors that put patient safety in jeopardy. It is not uncommon for Chicago medical malpractice attorneys to pursue cases where sleep deprivation and burnout are contributing factors in causing serious medical errors and medical malpractice cases

5. Outside Influences

Many physicians receive compensation from pharmaceutical companies and equipment manufacturers to use their products. This can cause physicians to prescribe drugs, treatments, or therapies that are unsafe for patients. Individuals should carefully research this information to determine whether or not their physician has a history of being unduly influenced by pharmaceutical or equipment manufacturers.  

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