Were You Injured by a Hospitalist in Cleveland, Ohio?
Chances are that your family doctor will not see you if you’re admitted to the hospital. Instead, you will be seen by a hospitalist, a doctor who is trained in internal medicine but does not have an office outside of the hospital or see patients before their admission or after their discharge.
The upside of having a hospitalist take over your care is that he or she spends an entire day in the hospital and is available to monitor changes in condition, follow-up on tests, and check in to see if prescribed treatments are working.
The downside are:
- you or your loved one will probably be assigned a hospitalist and have no say in who that person is;
- he or she will not have the same familiarity with your medical history as primary physician; and
- hospitalists usually have a quota or minimum number of patients they must see every day, which may limit the attention your medical problem receives.
As a patient, speak up for yourself. If your parent, spouse, or child is admitted, act as an advocate. Make sure your regular doctor communicates with the hospitalist and is aware of everything that is going on. And, once you’re discharged, make sure your regular doctor knows what went on during your hospitalization.
If you feel your hospitalist made an error in judgment during your stay, or neglected treatment in some way, contact our attorneys for a free consultation, or request our free, easy-to-read guide to malpractice claims in Ohio.