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:
Tools to Help with Your Research
- 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?
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
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.