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What are the risks of untreated C diff.?

A C. diff infection can be very serious if left untreated. The risk of an infection is high if you are in a New York health care facility or have been on antibiotics. Since it is so easily transmitted, you really cannot protect yourself from getting it, especially if you are in the hospital and under the care of medical professionals. If your doctor fails to diagnose the condition, it could lead to complications that could impact your health in serious ways.

According to the Mayo Clinic, C. diff is generally not that serious in a healthy person. However, if your immune system is compromised in some way, you face greater risks of complications. The biggest risk for anyone with a C. diff infection is dehydration. This is because of the loose stools associated with the infection and the difficulty you may have in staying hydrated. You may also face a risk for toxic megacolon. This is when the colon cannot expel stool or gas and becomes swollen. It can lead to a rupture, which can be fatal. In any case, if you have this happen, you will likely need surgery.

What is C. diff?

When you enter a hospital, whether you are sick or going in for surgery, you expect to be made healthier while you are there. However, in some cases, the hospital environment leads to further infection and illness. One such issue involved Clostridium difficile or C. diff.

According to the Mayo Clinic, C. diff is bacteria that causes severe illness and can potential lead to death. These bacteria is prevalent in the hospital environment. In fact, it is most common to get a C. diff infection if you are in a hospital or similar place. It is rather easily spread and can live on surfaces, making it easy to transmit from patient to patient.

Protocols designed to reduce the number of surgical errors

When people in New York receive word from their health care provider that they need to get surgery, the news is often met with angst about what will happen and what recovery will be like. The outcome of any surgery can be even more terrifying when a surgical error occurs. When patients are active participants in their health care and take a hands-on approach to coordinating their treatment, they can be much more confident in their safety and well-being during a surgical procedure. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, surgical errors are almost entirely avoidable with good communication and vigilance to patient safety. However, in a surprising fact, errors still happen far too often leaving patients in worsened health than before. Some of the most common surgical errors include the following:

  • Surgeons performing an incorrect procedure from the one that was discussed.
  • Surgeons performing a surgery on the wrong body part.
  • Surgeons mixing up their patient files and performing surgery on the incorrect patient.

Elder abuse: understanding the warning signs

When the time comes for families in New York to assess the long-term care needs of their elderly loved ones, one of the big decisions they often face is whether or not to consider alternatives for home living arrangements. Often, as people age, they require immediate medical care, assistance with daily needs and access to a variety of devices that are designed to give them better quality of life. One of the alternatives that many people carefully consider is putting their loved on in a nursing home facility. 

Unfortunately, there are situations where elder abuse occurs in these types of establishments and in some situations, it can go completely unnoticed at the expense of the victim. The Elder Justice Act that was passed in 2009 was designed to provide added protection to seniors in environments where they may be more vulnerable. Many facilities have strict protocols in place to protect their patients and guarantee their experience is positive, comfortable and safe. 

How can I monitor my loved ones' care?

When you have a loved one in a nursing home in New York, it is important to monitor the care he or she receives. This enables you to make sure your loved one is being treated properly. It also helps you stay on top of things and prevent neglect. However, knowing how to properly monitor care is not always easy.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the main way to keep on top of things when it comes to nursing home care is to visit your loved one often. On these visits, you can assess his or her condition. You can also watch staff interactions and ensure the living conditions are acceptable. It is important to not always visit at the same times. Try varying your schedule to see care and conditions at different times of the day and throughout the week.

How can I monitor my loved ones' care?

When you have a loved one in a nursing home in New York, it is important to monitor the care he or she receives. This enables you to make sure your loved one is being treated properly. It also helps you stay on top of things and prevent neglect. However, knowing how to properly monitor care is not always easy.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the main way to keep on top of things when it comes to nursing home care is to visit your loved one often. On these visits, you can assess his or her condition. You can also watch staff interactions and ensure living conditions are acceptable. It is important to not always visit at the same times. Try varying your schedule to see care and conditions at different times of the day and throughout the week.

Is cerebral palsy always a birth injury?

Cerebral palsy is commonly mentioned when people talk about birth injuries. If you are pregnant, you may even worry about your child getting it during the birthing process. However, what you may not understand is that your New York doctor may not be the one to blame if your child is born with CP.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is not always a birth injury. It can also be caused by abnormal development while in the womb. It is a misconception that a lack of oxygen during birth is the only cause of CP. It is now known that brain damage that leads to this condition can happen before your baby is born. It can also occur after labor and delivery any time before your child turns one, especially if your child suffers a brain injury. Research shows that it is actually a small percentage of CP cases that are caused by injuries during birth.

How bad discharge planning can create problems

Staying in the hospital is not most people's idea of a good time, so an early discharge can sound appealing. However, getting to go home quicker can have its downsides when health care providers fail to plan the discharge properly.

Mismanaging the discharge process can cause illness, injuries or wrongful death, and may fall into the category of medical malpractice. If your discharge has damaged your health, consulting a lawyer can give you insight as to the legal position of your case.

Can name confusion result in receiving the wrong surgery?

Surgical errors are a tragic form of medical malpractice not only because they can result in great harm or even death, but because they should never happen at all. Many surgical mistakes occur as a result of poor planning or organization. Sometimes a New York patient that is scheduled for an operation may actually receive the wrong type of surgery. In these cases, the surgery was intended for someone else and a mix-up occurred.

According to an article run on the CNN website, one type of medical mistake that can occur in a hospital is that patients may receive the wrong kind of surgery. This happens because the hospital staff mistakes one patient for another. Commonly, this is because the last name of the patient is similar to the name of a different patient. For instance, a man named “Johnson” may be confused with a man whose surname is actually “Jonson" and receive the operation that was scheduled for Jonson.

Medical conditions that are often misdiagnosed

Many people do not realize how common misdiagnoses are in the medical community. According to USA Today, the frequency of medical misdiagnosis in the health care community is between five and 44 percent; that comes out to millions of misdiagnoses a year.

Doctors must rely on a variety of factors to accurately diagnose their patients, such as medical histories, current health concerns, the efficiency of staff, availability of treatments and their work ethic. Negligence can arise when there are issues in the care delivery process and patients present with vague and confusing symptoms, causing physicians to erroneously diagnosis them. Some health diseases are challenging for doctors to identify because there is a lack of diagnostic procedures and some ailments have similar symptoms, states CNN.com.

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