The danger for passive patients
blatino at RELIABILITY.COM
Tue Jan 26 16:11:37 UTC 2016
This is indeed sad. What is more unfortunate is that such landmark cases are not hard to find in the U.S. either. The average patient puts their full trust in the competency of their health care providers, and they do not challenge the professionals. Often, if they do, they are shot down because they are layman and do 'not understand medicine'.
I think many on this forum will be familiar with this well-publicized case that happened at Hopkins a long time ago, The Josie King Story:
Such cases are horrifying and a constant reminder that the patient and the family have to be very vigilant and persistent when they recognize something is 'not right' in the care provided to their loved ones. Caregivers likewise have to recognize they should listen to the patients and families as they know their loved ones better than any caregiver ever will.
Robert J. Latino, CEO
Reliability Center, Inc.
blatino at reliability.com
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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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