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How do informational errors cause emergency room negligence?

Hospital emergency rooms are often action-packed environments in which medical staff members must make on-the-spot decisions. Unfortunately, this kind of environment can lead to mistakes that harm patients instead of healing them.

In much of the research centered on medical mistakes in New York and other city emergency rooms, data errors stand out as a top cause of hospital negligence. How can making what seems like a simple error in processing or assessing a patient's information result in negligent injuries?

Should you file a malpractice claim over a surgical error?

When surgery is taking place, there could be many complex aspects of the case. The surgeon has to concentrate to avoid making mistakes. Simple errors, like cutting just a little too deeply, could cause a serious bleed and lead to a patient dying on the table.

In most cases, people make it through surgery without any complications, but there are people who end up suffering as a result of surgical errors. Whether it was piercing the bowel or removing the wrong tissues, there could be real complications as a result of the surgeon's errors.

A busy nursing home staff is a bad sign

It's easy to imagine that a nursing home staff that appears busy is a good sign. They're working hard and trying to meet everyone's needs. Isn't that what you want?

The reality, though, is that a staff that appears very busy may actually just not have enough workers on at the same time. They look so busy because they are understaffed and they're rushing to get everything done.

Medical negligence and your rights: Know how to make a claim

Medical malpractice happens when a hospital or provider is negligent or otherwise violates the recognized standard of care. In medicine, it's recognized that there is a certain medical standard that has to be met by educated professionals. It's expected that professionals working under the same conditions with the same training and experience should be able to produce similar results for patients.

As a patient who may have experienced malpractice, it's important that you take the time to learn about your rights and what to expect if you want to make a claim. Initially, you will need to show that there was a violation in the expected level of care. Additionally, you need to show that you suffered an injury because of it.

Can birth injuries or trauma lead to autism?

A great amount of focus on how birth injuries harm children centers around conditions like cerebral palsy. However, birth trauma may play a role in developmental disorders like autism as well. For many years, scientists and health professionals have studied autism yet have remained mystified by the disorder's precise cause.

Finding an exact cause may remain out of reach, but some evidence suggests that birth injuries may play a role in the development of autism. A 2017 study indicates that fetuses and infants exposed to trauma have a higher risk of developing an autism disorder when compared with babies born without injury or trauma. Below is a brief breakdown of what the study revealed.

  • Injuries or complications occurring during birth resulted in a 10% increased risk of developing autism
  • Complications beginning before labor showed a 22% increased risk of autism development
  • Complications occurring before and during a baby's birth brought a 44% increased risk of developing an autism disorder

The elderly are at high risk of dehydration

Dehydration may not sound like a significant issue to those who are young, fit and able to get their own water whenever they need it. It's just a minor inconvenience. To the elderly, though, it is a serious risk and can have major consequences.

In fact, some have gone so far as to call it one of the more often overlooked health issues for seniors. They say that chronic dehydration happens to 40% of senior citizens, meaning they're constantly dealing with it and feeling the effects.

How will New York respond to 2019's surge in traffic deaths?

By now, most New Yorkers are familiar with the Mayor de Blasio's "Vision Zero" program, which aims to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. For five consecutive years under the program, New York experienced a consistent decline in crash-related injuries and deaths. However, a fatality spike in 2019 has safety experts and critics wondering how to maintain the program's gains.

A dangerous year on NYC roads

Epilepsy may be more complicated than once thought

There are many diseases that are not fully understood, which makes it possible that they are misunderstood. Epilepsy, which is best known for the powerful seizures it can create, is getting a fresh look from doctors and scientists after it appears many of the people diagnosed with it do not respond to the treatments once found appropriate for it.

Epilepsy affects around one in 26 people and is best defined by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures brought on by a veritable electrical storm can have effects ranging from memory loss to complete lack of physical control. Although many people respond well if not perfectly to the appropriate pharmaceutical treatments, some patients feel they are unfairly discriminated against by being barred from professions like driving and welding.

What should you know about a misdiagnosis?

When you're not feeling well, all you want to do is get better. You may call someone and have them take you to the doctor or call an ambulance to go to the emergency room.

You expect your medical provider to do all they can to make you well, but the reality is that many misdiagnose their patients or ignore very serious symptoms to move to the next patient more quickly. That kind of negligence can lead to serious consequences for a patient struggling with an illness.

Surgical errors: Using surgery centers comes with risk

Surgical procedures can be very costly, even if you have insurance. This is why more and more New York residents are choosing to have their surgeries performed in a surgical center instead of a hospital. These centers are typically more affordable.

In most cases, patients receive quality treatment. However, having your medical procedure done in a surgical center may not be as safe as you once believed. The risk of surgical errors, anesthesia errors and other mistakes may be more prevalent in surgery centers as opposed to other clinical settings.

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