A serious problem has lately received increased attention in the medical field: poor communication. Members of hospital staff are sometimes reluctant to report issues even when a patient's life may be at risk, and medical doctors often fail to properly communicate with nurses and other team members before ordering a medical procedure. It appears that the supposed hierarchy of medical knowledge in the health care system continues to result in negative outcomes for patients.
That was the claim in a recent jury trial in Ohio. In 2010, after suffering injuries in an auto accident, a 30-year-old man was cleared for facial surgery. Prior to the procedure, he had complained of severe headaches, which nurses noted on his medical record.