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Clinical Negligence Can Be Life Threatening

By David Halbert

Every citizen has the right to enjoy high standard medical facilities. However, sometimes, the negligence of doctors, nurses or, the medical service providers interrupts in the provision of the standardised heath services. This careless attitude is termed as clinical negligence. It encompasses all the issues arising due to the deviation from the acceptable standards of health care, and service.

Medicine profession demands a lot of care and active attention. There is no room for slackness, in it. It goes beyond being a simple reasonable mistake, or error. Clinical negligence involves failed or delayed diagnosis, wrong prescription, inappropriate treatment, inadequate surgical skill, and insufficient post-operative care.

Medicine includes healthcare providers such as doctor, nurse, HMO, hospital, and other licensed entities. In medical negligence, the heath service providers do something that a competent doctor would not have done, or fail to do something, that competent doctor would have done in a particular situation. This breach of duty of care may result in personal injury, or wrongful death. In clinical negligence, number of circumstances can lead to the life-threatening situation. Approximately 200,000 people die from the injuries resulting from clinical negligence. It encompasses surgical as well as medication errors.

A wrong diagnosis or prescribing the wrong drugs can be life threatening. Administrating the wrong medicines to a patient or even giving the wrong blood type can threaten the patient’s life. Mistakes have been known to take place in hospitals, but these mistakes have never been made on purpose.

If a patient feels that due to clinical negligence his or her life was threatened, he can take legal action against the clinic. However, before he gets to this stage, hethey must have evidence of clinical negligence occurring. This can be quite difficult to obtain unless there is a medical practitioner who is ready to substantiate a patient’s claim. Only if a medical practitioner is ready to give evidence in a court of law that clinical negligence has occurred can a case be registered.

Every year, a large number of deaths occur due to surgical errors. Neural surgeries are very complicated, and risky. Brain and spinal operations require a high level of surgical skill. Many factors such as unreasonable haste, unacceptable delay, inadequate pre-operative investigation, unfavourable surgery conditions, and poor post-operative care can be life threatening.

You must be aware that any type of negligence can cause dire results for you. There are many conditions that are a painful result of medical neglect and can cause heart attacks, infections, aneurisms, strokes, and allergies.

Every patient when he or she goes for treatment of an illness or surgery knows that there are certain risks involved. The risks are always there, but then you also take a risk when crossing the street.

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MLA Style Citation:
Halbert, David "Clinical Negligence Can Be Life Threatening." Clinical Negligence Can Be Life Threatening. 27 Jun. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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Halbert, D (2010, June 27). Clinical Negligence Can Be Life Threatening. Retrieved August 7, 2014, from

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Halbert, David "Clinical Negligence Can Be Life Threatening"

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