This press release sheds light into the use of outdated equipment and techniques that can injure patients.
Anchorage, AK -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/24/2018 -- There are a number of technological breakthroughs happening in the world of medicine. Despite these breakthroughs or perhaps, in part, because of them, outdated methods are being used to treat and care for patients. As a result, such outdated methods lead to lower standards of care. As such, doctors or medical staff who use outdated medical equipment, may find themselves vulnerable to medical malpractice liability.
Each and every patient is owed the standard of care by a doctor or medical professional to ensure that the best equipment, treatment and medicine are available in order to help the person through a medical care facility. When a medical professional uses outdated equipment this can have a life-threatening effect on the patient. In the same way it is illegal to practice medicine without a professional license, outdated equipment should be retired from the hospital after a number of years. Even a private practice needs to ensure that tools and treatment methods are up-to-date in order to prevent medical malpractice lawsuits.
A Crowson Law Group attorney stated "There are a number of challenges associated with medical malpractice suits involving outdated equipment. Having knowledge as to what is not up-to-date technology is vital. When a patient suffers injury because of equipment or protocol used, the patient may seek the legal services of a medical malpractice lawyer. During the investigation, the legal representative may discover that the tools, treatment methods and equipment in a private practice or medical facility are out of date. If the tools, treatment method and equipment are out of date just by a few years, it may result in injury through negligence, however, when such items are several years or decades old, this could cause severe harm to the patient."
The same way that it is negligence on the part of a doctor or medical professional to leave a medical instrument in a patient's body during a surgery, the use of outdated medical devices is a form of negligence on the part of the doctor or the hospital using such materials. "While it may be difficult to determine that the resources are seriously out of date without an expert, a medical malpractice claim may still remain a viable option when the patient suffers harm because of the use of the tools or machinery that failed to perform as instructed. However, where machinery fails to perform as instructed this leads to a product liability claim." In instances where the legal team discovers that the machines in question are out of date, this would serve as proof that the doctor or hospital was negligent.
The reality is that the doctor and healthcare facility owe a standard duty of care to their patients who seek treatment from them. By using outdated machinery and tools, the doctor and healthcare facility breach that duty of care; and if such a breach results in the injury to the patient, this demonstrates negligence and a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed.
In order to provide the best possible treatment for their patients, a healthcare professional and healthcare facility need to ensure equipment is up to date and properly maintained, giving the patient the best chance of recovery. When a person is injured due to outdated machinery, he or she may need to hire a lawyer for possible Alaska medical malpractice.
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