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Three options for birthing providers

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life together. But it can also bring with it stress, uncertainty and the need to make important decisions about the birthing process. Assuming a healthy mother with a pregnancy that doesn't present any unusual challenges (such as twins) or a medical history or serious chronic medical conditions that might complicate things (high blood pressure or diabetes), couples have options when choosing a practitioner to facilitate the birthing process. Knowing the benefits and limitations of each type of practitioner can help make this decision process easier. 

One hospital addresses hospital errors with transparency approach

Many times, New York hospitals are places where things are kept quiet and communication between medical staff and patients is limited to safe topics such as their medical condition or improvement. Few will actually admit to committing medical errors, acknowledging that staff, after all, is only human and everyone is prone to making mistakes. A hospital error can be made at any time with a mistake in calculating medication, a delay in a patient's care or an accident that occurs during a surgical procedure.

Medical errors increase for interns working less hours

Becoming a doctor requires a great deal of dedication and sacrifice. It means sleeplessness, long hours of study, horrific exams, and a willingness to miss out on other activities in order to care for others. Sometimes these can take a toll on doctors in New York City and create a problem where medical errors are being made, putting patients at risk. While the medical industry has tried a number of different things to lower the number of doctor errors, it seems that perhaps they may be looking in the wrong places.

Multiple emergency room misdiagnoses leads to years of pain

Nothing can be more frustrating than to be given different medical diagnoses and finding out that each one is incorrect. When people walk into a New York City emergency room, they expect a doctor to find out what is wrong with them and provide the correct treatment. Yet, many patients are given the wrong diagnosis, leading to additional pain and suffering. Many times emergency room errors can be avoided if doctors would look at all the facts and follow through in planned testing.

U.S. agency releases report on how to avoid medical errors

Every time you walk into a New York City doctor's office or hospital, you essentially put your life into another person's hands. The wrong diagnosis, prescription and even understaffing can greatly affect your health. While you would hope that medical errors are rare occurrences, studies being conducted show that they happen more often than you think. In fact some people may actually have been the victim of a hospital error or doctor's mistake without even knowing it.

Hospital terminates healthy fetus in unnecessary surgery

For many couples in New York City, the expected arrival of a new baby is an exciting period of time. There is a nursery to be decorated, the receiving of congratulations from family members and friends and baby showers to attend. In addition, expectant mothers and fathers have the exhilaration of feeling the baby kick, hearing the heartbeat for the first time and other experiences associated with the growth of new life. The last thing they expect is to be the victims of medical malpractice that results in the loss of that baby.

Serious medical errors don't always lead to license suspension

Whenever you make a serious error at work, you can generally expect a serious consequence to follow. You could be written up, placed on probation, have your professional license yanked or even lose your job. Therefore, it would only make sense to assume that when doctors in New York City are found guilty of making serious medical errors, they would be subjected to the same types of disciplinary action. Surprisingly, while many doctors are given a reprimand or have to pay a fine, they are still allowed to continue practicing medicine, which could put other patients at risk.

Hospital negligence involving insulin pen reuse initiates probe

Hospitals are designed to be a place of healing. The last thing that a patient thinks about when walking into the doors of one is whether they are going to contract a deadly virus or disease. Yet patients in New York may feel a little differently after hearing about a case of hospital negligence that happened in Buffalo.

Death of boy in Queens could spur new hospital regulations

When an emergency room makes a mistake in diagnosing a patient's problem, serious repercussions can occur such as severe illness and death. Many times, emergency room mistakes can be avoided if physicians and staff take a serious look at the patient's symptoms. It is furthermore the responsibility of the hospital to contact the patient's family if a misdiagnosis is discovered. This, unfortunately, did not occur in the case of a young boy who died in Queens last year.

Lost form costs Staten Island hospital in malpractice lawsuit

When you make the decision to go to the hospital to receive treatment for a serious condition, the last thing that you hope for is to return to that hospital within days of your release because of a mistake made on the part of the hospital. Yet these kinds of events happen more often than you may realize and, when they do, it is important to hold that hospital responsible.

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