Most of the time when you place yourself in the care of medical professionals, you can safely rely on them to first do no harm, and second to help you to find relief from the injury or illness that brought you to them in the first place, but not always.
Preserving a patient's right to privacy is one of the medical profession's highest priorities. Generally, no information can be shared without a patient's consent. When patients die, they cannot give consent for anyone to view their records, so the files are typically sealed.
The current Ebola crisis may potentially bring up issues of hospital negligence. Although the virus is highly infectious, there are discussions about the increase of safety precautions needed to carefully avoid spreading it.
After surgery you and your loved ones can breathe a sigh of relief: there were no complications, and no indications of any kind of surgical mistake or other doctor error. The procedure being completed, you are now resting comfortably in your bed in your hospital room. As far as risks are concerned, you say to yourself, the worst is now behind you.
There can be many challenges in a patient’s relationship with his or her doctor. One of these is that the doctor generally has more power. A number of patients file medical malpractice lawsuits because their doctors abused that power.