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If a doctor sees a colleague make a medical error, should that doctor inform the patient? Why?

08/06/2009

If a doctor sees a colleague make a medical error, should that doctor inform the patient? Why?

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no...the doctor should advise his colleague to report the error to the patient
Posted by: abdulnasser abdulhameed on August 18 2009, 2:26 pm
Yes, if 1) the erring physician has had an opportunity to self-correct and does not do so, and 2) failing to correct the error would be injurous to the patient.
Posted by: Kara Afrates on August 20 2009, 5:22 am
Never. There are other avenues for this. First speak with the treating physician - discuss alternatives and if necessary consequences. This may cause political problems, so another avenue is to speak with the Chief of Staff and or ethics committee chair. Confidentiality is important and we want to encourage the reporting of errors without the concern or fear of repercussions. Lastly speak with the hospital CEO to follow up with risk management.
Posted by: Bernard Freedman on August 24 2009, 3:22 am
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