Your Doctor’s Failure to Use His Stethoscope Could Suggest a Larger Medical Malpractice Problem
When people think of a doctor, they envision a person in a white jacket with a stethoscope around his neck. However, the stethoscope—used by doctors for two centuries—could soon become obsolete as new medical devices are invented that can provide the same information about patients faster and possibly more accurately. Yet the medical profession is debating whether this trend is good for quality care for patients.
The Pros and Cons of the Use of Stethoscopes
Some doctors are questioning the value of stethoscopes since echocardiograms and pocket-size ultrasound devices can provide them with the same information more quickly and accurately. With the pressure to see more patients in less time, these doctors see the stethoscope as obsolete. Others disagree. They believe that the stethoscope is useful in the following ways:
- Provides valuable medical information
- Helps develop a bond between the patient and doctor
One thing that both sides agree on is that doctors are not that good at using stethoscopes and have not been proficient in its use for a long time.
What Does This Mean For Your Patient Care?
Unfortunately, this debate over the use of stethoscopes raises serious questions about whether doctors are missing problems and committing medical malpractice. One of the reasons medical residents at hospitals prefer electronic devices is that they are quicker and enable the doctors to spend less time with a patient. However, knowing you as a patient and spending quality time with you are critical to making a proper diagnosis. If your doctor is too rushed, he may miss a key piece of information that causes him to misdiagnose your medical condition and commit malpractice. In addition, if he utilizes a stethoscope, he may not really use it properly—and fail to spot a problem with your heart or other internal organs.
Did your doctor misdiagnose or fail to diagnose your medical problem because he was too rushed? Could he have missed a problem when using his stethoscope? If so, he could have committed medical malpractice. Call me at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 for a FREE consultation to learn about your legal options.
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