There are many general and specific uses of the concept of a standard of care. Unfortunately, when it is in reference to the duty medical professionals owe to patients, the standard of care is not always straightforward. In a potential case for medical malpractice it is important to know the standard of care and how it applies.
There are precise standards of care for the many different medical procedures and treatments. The standards are based on scientific evidence and are intended to prevent physicians and other medical professionals from making hasty decisions. It can be dangerous to deviate from the empirically derived standards of care. Unfortunately such deviations do happen.
Nearly every medical specialization has established a standard of care that outline general procedures they need to follow when diagnosing and treating patients who seek specialized care. Specialization standards are also the result of empirical data and consensus of the field’s top experts. Individual doctor’s should not use their own hunches rather than demonstrated safety of the established practice guidelines.
Lastly, for the medical professional as a whole, there is a general standard of care. The primary directive of medical ethics of “First, do no harm”; which every nurse, physician, and hospital administrator should follow. Many medical professional organizations have established codes of ethics which can be used to determine when a medical professional has breached a standard of care.
Medical standards are complex and cannot be learned overnight. There are many subtleties of the standards of care that need to be navigated through. Doctors still struggle with this subject. This is why it is important to consult with an experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney. They will help you to evaluate your case to determine whether a medical professional breached the standard of care. If so, they will help to ensure the medical professional is held accountable.
But what do you think? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment or I also welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at [email protected] You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com.