Medico Legal Corner
A patients blood pressure values as reported by one doctor were higher than those recorded by another doctor. How does one defend this?
Dr KK Aggarwal and Ira Gupta, 12 February 2018
The onus to prove negligence is on the complainant and not the doctor. The complainant has to make an allegation supported by evidence. Mere allegation has no value. It is for the complainant to produce expert opinion that the first reading was wrong and that the second reading was right.The defense is simple and should be based on expert opinion and literature evidence showing that blood pressure can show wide variations within the same day.
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