Medical professionals, like all workers, are only as good as their tools. So when a doctor’s treatment is based on a specific machine, it’s imperative that it is working and in good order. However, this is not always the case and, in some instances, it can lead to medical malpractice.
If you are involved in a medical procedure or treatment that has left you in a worse position than before you begun, personal injury or medical negligence claims could be the best way to obtain a better quality of life.
Diagnostic equipment needs operational clarification
Prostate cancer has a major impact on Australians across the country. Not only can it be detrimental to your health, it can also put undue strain on your family and financial affairs.
Figures from the Australian government’s Cancer Australia shows that over 18,000 people have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016. While it makes up 25.2 per cent of total male cancer cases, it led to over 3,300 people passing away in 2016.
One of the most important actions people take in relation to cancer is being screened. However, there has been an issue with some of the diagnostic equipment used by doctors.
According to the Department of Health, the guidelines of use for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) investigations used with ADVIA Centaur systems are currently being updated. The Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics machine helps health professionals detect prostate cancer and enables them to monitor the disease’s progression.
The changes could help professionals measure the biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer post-radical prostatectomy. What this means is that the technology could become more efficient and accurate.
But what happens if they missed something?
One of the reasons the manufacturers are making changes to the way the machine is handled is to ensure nothing gets through the screening process. However, if this has happened, it’s important to seek the expertise of a compensation lawyer.
As both the manufacturers and the medical professionals have a duty of care towards their patients. In other words, they need to not only handle themselves in relation to the code of ethics that governs doctors, but also ensure that you have all the information you need to make a pertinent decision.
If you would like to know more about this topic or have been the victim of medical malpractice in the past, talk to a medical negligence lawyer today. Contact Gerard Malouf and Partners today to ensure you are not negatively impacted by this development.