Doctors, Hospitals Prepare For Difficult Talks Surrounding Medical Mistakes

(By Zhai Yun Tan for Kaiser Health News)

It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died — and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family.

Should she apologize? How much detail should she share about the mistake? Would a frank discussion put the hospital at risk of a lawsuit? Continue reading article here…..

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