The Power of An Apology

When a medical professional can say “I’m sorry” for a medical error it can be very powerful and healing.  It is not easy for a doctor or nurse to apologize for a medical error because the fear of a law suit is real.  But medical professionals can be overwhelmed with guilt, shame and emotional distress…

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Pending Massachusetts Bill Lets Doctors/Nurses Apologize For “Unanticipated Outcome”

Massachusetts has been in the forefront of patient safety legislation.  This session House Bill 1519 has been approved by the Committee on Public Health for further action.  The name of the bill is ” An act reducing medical errors and improving patient safety.” The bill addresses several areas of patient safety including hospital patient safety…

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