The danger for passive patients
jason.maude at ISABELHEALTHCARE.COM
Tue Jan 26 15:30:18 UTC 2016
The Daily Mail runs a truly tragic story today about a 1 year old who died from sepsis due to a very delayed diagnosis of pneumonia.
The Mail had access to the NHS report which has not yet been published so it should be more detailed and accurate than most of their stories.
The care was pretty shocking but what also struck me was how the parents seemed too passive and, although their instincts were correct, they did not side step their GP and go to the hospital but just did what they were told to do. It seems like a great example of how being a passive patient can actually be dangerous. It shows how being an informed patient is not a luxury or nice thing to do but absolutely essential.
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