Has COVID-19 affected medical errors and medical ethics?

Document Type : Letter to editor


1 Scientometrics, Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Institute for Future Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Department of Public Health, School of Health, Jiroft University of Medical Sciences, Jiroft

3 Department of Professional Health, Sirjan School of Medical Sciences, Sirjan, Iran


Estimates show that states that medical errors are one of the most important causes of death and should be included in the list of the most important causes of death in the world.

The covid-19 epidemic has exposed the lack of capacity of global health systems and has exposed health care workers to ethical dilemmas that have so far received less attention from policymakers, physicians, and ethicists.

medical errors, For reasons such as, failure to evaluate drug sensitivity due to busy work in the face of many patients with COVID-19, prescribing medication with incomplete instructions and with misinterpretation of drug use for the patient, skill-based errors due to the Suddenly epidemic of COVID-19, Like poor quality of service due to lack of proper diagnosis and treatment , low informed knowledge From this virus, inconsistencies between personnel and laboratory errors, unfair patient service delivery due to scarce health care resources, the presence of numerous patients, Despite the inexperienced caregivers and physicians in various wards, and the abandonment of other patients to the reason is the allocation of wards, beds, manpower and medical equipment of other hospital wards to patients with COVID-19

according to this, the authors' view is that we must find ways to correct these issues. it remains critical that clinicians, ethicists and the community come together to grapple with the ethical quandaries we face in a transparent, fair and inclusive manner.


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