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Mostafazadeh B, Amirian M J, Shabani S. Investigation of medical errors among technical authorities of Tehran hospitals in cases referred to Tehran Commission of Legal Medicine. Tehran Univ Med J. 2020; 77 (10) :651-656
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1- Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Legal Medicine Research Center, Legal Medicine Organization, Tehran, Iran. , mjamirian@yahoo.com
3- Legal Medicine Research Center, Legal Medicine Organization, Tehran, Iran.
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Background: Medical malpractice is one of the most important legal issues in medicine committed more or less by physicians. The medical staff has inadequate or deficient awareness of medical errors and their importance. Therefore, this study investigated the frequency of medical malpractices/errors resulting in death in files referred to the Iranian Legal Medicine Organization.
Methods: The study population in this descriptive cross-sectional research consisted of all doctors who had been sued in Tehran's Legal Medicine Organization (Forensic Committees of Tehran Province) from the first day of July 2018 to the end of December 2018. The study was carried out in and under supervision and support of the Legal Medicine Research Center. Data were collected using a checklist of the files from Tehran's Legal Medicine Organization.
Results: The results showed that most medical errors are of organizational types. Major medical failures occur in university-affiliated hospitals among the male technical staff aged 41-50 years with a work experience less than 6 years. Most complaints were recorded against general practitioners, general surgeons, and anesthesiologists, respectively. The smallest percentage of the complaints related to orthopedics, urologists, and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists.
Conclusion: The results of the study indicated that most of medical failures have of an organizational nature and occur in university hospitals among male technical officials who are in the fifth decade of life with a low work experience. So, paying attention to these issues can help the better selection of technical officials. The technical authorities of the hospitals must be careful about the responsibilities given to them. In order to reduce the failure of the technical authorities of the hospitals, doctors with a high standard of service should be appointed as technical officers. These doctors ought to possess legal knowledge and be familiar with the course of complaints filed in the judiciary.
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