Some hospitals are adopting practices for handing off patients when doctors and nurses change shifts that could reduce misunderstandings. Sometimes when shift changes occur, important information is not communicated to the new staff or is misunderstood, thereby increasing the possibility of poor patient care in South Carolina and nationwide. By taking a moment to personally hand off patients to the people coming on shift, medical professionals might be able to decrease errors that lead to medical malpractice litigation.
A South Carolina orthopedic surgeon, whose whistle-blowing led to a federal lawsuit against a healthcare provider, was himself censured by a jury recently. The doctor was found liable in a medical malpractice case arising from a 2010 operation he performed on a patient's knee.
When clinicians fail to follow sanitary procedures, they may place the health of their patients at risk. Some cases of patient injury may alarm residents of South Carolina, but knowledge of these types of hospital neglect can help in the identification of cases of medical malpractice. According to a team leader at the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, cases of infectious disease spread through unsafe injection practices are not as uncommon as once thought.