The Blame Game

Before we go ahead, though, here’s something that needs to be pointed out.

Consent is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for negligence.

No one said it was.

Whenever a complication happens, despite the pre-operative counselling, the patient and his/her family look for someone to blame. It must be the surgeon’s fault! It was the inexperienced one, wasn’t it? The operation wasn’t kept as clean as it should be! The surgeons only want to chop and a smaller operation could have been done!

Of course it couldn’t have been that the patient had had uncontrolled diabetes mellitus and hypertension for years on end and was now presenting to the vascular surgeons with basically an end stage disease of infection in a leg with peripheral vascular disease. It wasn’t that the daughter harassed the doctors who had offered a ray amputation at the time the operation was feasible and convinced the mother to reject the operation. It wasn’t that after weeks of non-surgical treatment despite counselling that even an AKA did not achieve adequate clearance of unhealthy tissue.

Hello, people, can we take some personal responsibility for our health here.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by CS on October 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    That said it would not be that surprising to find that there are better and worse doctors… I imagine the standards by which we decide if a doctor was simply not highly-skilled or if he was negligent may not always be clear…


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