Going In for Surgery? Research Your Doctor and Hospital in Advance with These Powerful Tools

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Apr-2017

To avoid becoming a victim of medical error, be vigilant whenever you go in for an evaluation, treatment or surgical procedure. Take personal responsibility for your own healthcare. That due diligence process begins before you ever go into the hospital or allow a doctor to treat you or a loved one. If you have a surgical procedure planned, research the hospital and the surgeon to make sure you’re comfortable entrusting them with your care.

What You Should Be Looking For
When researching doctors and hospitals, consider the following factors:

  • Cleanliness of the facility. Has the hospital had any complaints about hygiene, upkeep or protecting patients against infectious diseases?
  • Experience. How long as the doctor or surgeon been practicing medicine? Did she go to a reputable medical school? How many of your specific procedure has she performed? What is her success rate for those procedures?
  • Patient reviews. How would other patients rank this doctor and/or facility based on their own experience? Have there been any victims of malpractice in recent memory?
Tools to Help with Your Research
Find the answers to the questions above can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look. Below are a few websites that generally provide reliable information about doctors and hospitals:
  • Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade: This site provides detailed safety grades of hospitals across the country based on a comprehensive set of criteria, laid out in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • Consumer Reports Hospital Ratings: Another searchable database of hospitals by city/state, offering information on safety procedures, patient experience, etc.
  • HealthGrades: A leading site offering both statistical and patient review info on both doctors and hospitals across the country, including statistics by type of procedure.
  • US News & World Report Rankings: This site publishes an annual list of top hospitals, categorized and ranked nationally, regionally and even by procedure. If you’re undecided where to go for your procedure, see if one of these hospitals is located near you.

We offer additional safety tips on choosing a hospital in this recent post.

If you believe you have been a victim of medical error or malpractices, our Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys can help. Call our office for more information.

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