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24th September, 2017
Medical Errors: "I am sorry"

Adverse events and medical errors are a part of clinical practice.
 
A report from the Institute of Medicine "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System" published in the year 1999 has defined medical error as "the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim". Some examples of errors as mentioned in the IOM report include transfusions, surgical injuries and wrong-site surgery, restraint-related injuries or death, falls, burns, pressure ulcers and mistaken patient identities. The IOM report also noted that errors occur more commonly due to faulty systems, processes, and conditions that lead people to make mistakes or fail to prevent them.
 
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. In 2012, over $3 billion was spent in medical malpractice pay-outs, averaging one pay-out every 43 minutes. Every year, 200,000 patients in the US die due to medical errors.
 
Should a doctor apologize for his/her mistake? A very common, perhaps natural, apprehension is that acknowledging a mistake before the patient may leave one vulnerable to litigation. Admitting to a mistake may also undermine the doctor-patient relationship. Doctors are often counselled not to apologize to patients. A common view is that if you say you're sorry for something, you are implicitly taking some degree of responsibility for whatever has happened; in other words, saying sorry is an admission of guilt.
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IMA organizes Centenary Celebrations of Medical Conferences
  • Awards announced on Doctors Day presented on the occasion
  • The event also entailed discussions on key issues, recommendations on the same, and a promise to keep fighting for the cause of the medical fraternity
New Delhi, 23 September 2017: As a follow-up to the awards under various categories announced on Doctor's Day in July this year, an award ceremony was held in The Grand, Vasant Kunj on the 23rd of September 2017. The ceremony was organized as part of the Centenary Celebrations of Medical Conferences in India by the IMA. The doctors were honored for their contribution in the field of medicine and for their work towards the betterment of the medical fraternity at large.
The event saw the coming together of the medical fraternity to discuss and debate on, among other things, the various issues plaguing the medical profession today. Discussions also focused on the revised fluid intake recommendations, among pediatricians, surgeons and physicians.
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