Substance Use and Medical Malpractice
PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — For a doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff member to properly diagnose and treat medical disorders, they must have their wits about them. Keeping a clear head means refraining from using substances such as narcotics and alcohol that can slow response times and hamper good judgment.
Disturbingly, some studies have found that alcohol use is rampant among healthcare practitioners while on-call or on-duty. Additionally, prescription narcotics accessed through hospitals have been found to be in wide use among several medical professionals.