Ohio doctors may be alarmed by the view of some professionals that the opioid guidelines recently drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may increase the rate of medical malpractice cases. Some practitioners view the most recent guidelines as problematic since a higher priority is placed on prescriptions asopposed to actually treating the patient. Many believe that using opioids is a direct route towards developing an addiction problem, rather than actually returning a patient to a normal routine or daily activities.
For some, the hardships associated with long-term opioid administration may be more attributable to the failures of the care provided, as opposed to the habits or actions of the patient. The fact that prescription overdoses fail to rank as a leading cause of death in the U.S. should not be the CDC's sole justification for using opioids as the primary method for treating acute or chronic pain. The care provided by the hospital and physician actually accounts for the third-largest source of harm sustained by patients.
Patients' chronic pain may be caused by the wrong prescription, a misdiagnosis, improper surgeries, hospital infections or other adverse events that could constitute medical negligence. Before opioids are prescribed for an extended duration, there should be clinical testing available proving that the benefits outweigh the long-term safety risks for the patient. Physicians should also complete a comprehensive review with the patient that discusses the expectations and risks associated with the medication.
A patient who is harmed by a prescription error or some other form of medical professional negligence may want to speak with an attorney to determine the remedies that are available. In some cases, it might be advisable to seek compensation for the damages that have been sustained through the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible health care practitioner or facility.