We’re not against the use of electronic devices for delivery of medical records or even personal communication, but it is absolutely crucial that a focus on the patient is not dropped from the accepted standards of medical care.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 21, 2011
Reacting to recent surveys, news reports and editorials, Chicago medical malpractice attorney Patrick A. Salvi today expressed concern that health care workers’ increased reliance on electronic devices has become a distraction that has led to medical errors and injuries.
“We’re dismayed by reports that say doctors, nurses, technicians and others providing medical care are spending too much time focused on smartphones, computer screens and other devices when they should be paying attention to their patients,” said Salvi, the managing equity partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., a leading Chicago medical malpractice law firm with offices in Cook and Lake counties.
“We’re not against the use of electronic devices for delivery of medical records or even personal communication, but it is absolutely crucial that a focus on the patient is not dropped from the accepted standards of medical care,” said Salvi, whose law firm represents victims of medical negligence across the state of Illinois.
A widely read editorial in Anesthesiology News by Peter J. Papadakos, MD, says health care workers today are “fixated on computer screens” and rarely receive information directly from their patients.
Papadakos referred to a study presented to the American Society of Anesthesiologists this year that said nurse anesthetists and residents were distracted by something other than patient care in 54 percent of cases. The study further cited surfing the Internet as the primary distraction.
Additionally, a recent report in The New York Times cited polls of medical professionals in which a majority of respondents admitted using cellphones during critical procedures.
The Times cited a survey of medical technicians published this year in Perfusion, a journal about cardio-pulmonary bypass surgery, which found that 55 percent of technicians who monitor bypass machines acknowledged talking on cell phones during heart surgery. Half said they had texted while in surgery.
“Why does anyone carry a cell phone into an operating room?” Salvi asked. “The patient on the table deserves the undivided attention of everyone in that room.”
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard has investigated cases of medical negligence in the Chicago and Waukegan areas, and the firm has obtained more than $620 million in compensation for injured clients through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Salvi said medical personnel who engage in “distracted doctoring” that results in errors and harm should be held accountable for their medical negligence.
Anyone who thinks their injuries or the injury or death of a loved one in a hospital or another medical setting may have been caused by medical errors resulting from distraction should contact an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney to review their case, he said.
“Hospitals that do not put a swift and certain end to this kind of negligence must be held accountable along with the medical personnel they allow to engage in this malpractice,” Salvi said. “We will continue to stand beside those who are harmed by negligent medical professionals and see to it that injured patients and their families are properly compensated for their unwarranted losses.”
About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago medical malpractice law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. The firm represents clients in matters involving emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, hospital negligence, physician error, birth injuries, surgical malpractice, anesthesia errors, organ puncture/perforation, post-operative and pre-operation malpractice and surgical complications. The firm’s success in medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death cases features recoveries of more than $620 million on behalf of its clients, including more than 175 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. To learn more about Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., call (847) 249-1227 or use the firm’s online form.