Medical Negligence Tied to Inattention of Records by Some Hospitalists

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 7-Dec-2011

Although medical malpractice suits in Texas are nothing new, recent cases emerging in the news are highlighting the prevalence of medical negligence among hospitalists.

Medical malpractice caps and the business-friendly nature of Texas have created a haven for hospitals and companies employing hospitalists to decrease wait times and allow health care establishments to see more patients in shorter periods of time.

Coined in 1996, the term “hospitalist” has grown to encompass medical practitioners who specialize in offering health care in a medical setting. But despite their expertise, the growth of hospitalists in Texas is sparking fear among patients, regarding the level of expertise the profession includes in contrast with traditional doctors.

In fact, the prevalence of hospitalists within medical settings has jumped from a mere 7,000 to almost 33,000 recorded and noted in the recent article, “Reliance on high-tech and high-turnover leading to lawsuits in ‘hospitalist’-heavy San Antonio,” published in Current.

Shorter Wait Time in Relation to Less Detailed Attention of Medical Care

The increase in the use of hospitalists rather than doctors has accompanied the growth of health care needs, while keeping costs down and allowing for quicker turnover within medical facilities. Hospitalists often see many more patients in a short time frame, the article said.

But in the wake of quicker turnover in the health care industry, some patients worry that the in-and-out aspect of seeing a hospitalist may give them and their loved ones a less personal experience, leaving greater room for error and inattention.

Lawsuits pinpoint inattention to medical history and review of sensitivities before prescription of powerful drugs that require close consideration of even the smallest details of a patient’s medical past.

Although patients who are seen by hospitalists usually spend less time in the medical setting where they are being seen, experiencing shorter waits and less time with the professional, many patients are seeing greater risk of having to return for follow-ups or different treatments for the same ailment, statistics are beginning to reveal. The necessity of multiple health care visits come at a hefty price tag in addition to the inconvenience and risks associated with medical malpractice and medical negligence in Texas.

One example of the in-and-out mentality of hospitalist organizations is the number of patients and establishment employing the medical practitioners may see.

Though hospitalists may be a popular way for hospitals to see more patients in less time, decreasing lengthy waits, patients seeing the professionals must seek to ensure that their records and medical history are looked at closely and other medical professionals used in sync are also consulted about prescriptions made by a hospitalist.

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