Stewart Era Liberal
- Jul 22, 2015
I'm not trying to be a smartass, but if you give someone the "right" treatment and they die, how is it the right treatment?Also under their model if I give you exactly the standard of care for a heart attack exactly right and use a perfect check list protocol and you still die from your heart attack, it's a "medical error". That isn't an error. It's someone dying because they didn't respond to appropriate treatment.
I give you exactly the right antibiotics for your sepsis you still might die.
Then there's the real stuff where a patient is on the medical floor. They are decompensating. You have only so many ICU beds. You trial several interventions to not move them to the ICU or maybe not transfer to another hospital (there is harm in transport). You do your interventions, they are still going down, you then transfer them at that time because it isn't working. They die after transport. Maybe if you had transferred them an hour earlier they'd be alive. But also maybe you wasted a ton of money or killed them with the transport.
Regardless, none of the above is a "medical error".
The third of your examples definitely seems like an error in judgment.