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December 2017 Archives

Protecting yourself from surgical errors through communication

If you are preparing for an upcoming surgery, you are probably facing some anxiety in anticipation for what will happen. While you can take the time to carefully prepare both emotionally and physically, it is imperative that you also spend time finding a reliable and professional surgical physician in New York. A surgical doctor who is an effective communicator is important to give you peace of mind and to reduce the risks that you become a victim of a costly surgical error. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we are experienced with the risks that surgical patients face.

How can you protect your safety during a visit to the ER?

If your health or the well-being of a loved one has been compromised and you have to make a trip to the emergency room, chances are you are relying on the expertise of qualified health care professionals to prescribe a treatment plan. However, the doctors and nurses who are responsible for treating you and your loved ones are also subject to the risks of making a mistake. Because of the sometimes-chaotic environment of many hospital emergency rooms in New York, communication can fall through the cracks or careless missteps are made which can significantly compromise your safety and health. 

Questionable hires call VA screening process into question

People likely take comfort in the assumption that the hospitals and medical centers in Queens take a great deal of care in screening the providers that are hired to take care of them. Doctors go through years of specialized education and training, yet even still need to go through further credentialing in order to be allowed to admit and practice at medical facilities. This added care no doubt comes from the commitment facilities make to provide the best possible care of their respective patient populations. Perhaps this is why when stories surface of physicians with troubling pasts are allowed to practice, people are so troubled. 

Urgent care centers vs. emergency rooms

Many in New York City may have difficulty differentiating "urgent" from "emergency." Both words denote a heightened level of need and severity. Thus, when one hears the terms "emergency room" and "urgent care center," he or she may believe they represent the same type of facility. Yet they do not. According to Becker's ASC Review, there are currently 7,100 urgent care centers in the U.S., compared to 5,025 emergency rooms. The most obvious difference between the two is location. Urgent care centers are usually found in freestanding clinics, while ER's are located in hospitals (leading many to refer to them as "emergency departments"). A bigger distinction, however, is the type of care each offers. 

Mitigating high-risk pregnancies

A common thought amongst many people in New York City may be that the advances witnessed in medical science in recent years have removed all of the risks typically associated with pregnancy. However, the complexities of the human body (along with external factors that can influence prenatal growth and development) sometimes ensure that a woman's pregnancy may be difficult regardless of any intervention. Such cases are defined as "high-risk pregnancies." 

Understanding board certification

Most in Queens, while perhaps not familiar with the exact meaning, at the very least understand the concept of board certification when it comes to physicians. That understanding may prompt most to only consider board-certified doctors when researching their provider options. The assumption is that only board-certified doctors have been approved to practice within a certain medical discipline. Thus, why would one consider seeing a doctor that has not been given that approval? Yet this is where the difference between having an understanding of this idea and knowing what it actually means comes into play. 

Multiple deaths at nursing home linked to neglect

For many families in New York, the decision to place their elderly loved ones in a nursing home is not an easy one. Often, people spend considerable time researching facilities and comparing factors such as quality of care, amenities, facility upkeep and transparency to find the best possible fit for the people they love most. However, nursing home neglect is not unheard of and can be an unsettling thought for many people.

Patient attentiveness may reduce risk of hospital mistakes

Each day, New York hospitals facilitate the treatment of thousands of patients requiring medical care. Because of the high volume of patients, each requiring customized treatment, hospital staff are subject to human error from oversight, distraction and even carelessness. Unfortunately, in instances of error, the results can create long-term problems for victims whose overall health may be negatively compromised from the actions of previously trusted health care providers. 

Nursing home neglect and abuse prevail despite being penalized

Many family members and loved ones feel shock and rage when they suspect their relatives who reside in New York nursing homes are suffering from abuse and negligence. Despite relatives reporting their concerns and taking additional measures to protect them, many nursing homes are still unsafe havens for the elderly. According to The NY Post, Medicare currently ranks 40 percent of the 600 nursing homes in the state as substandard care facilities. 

Can medical errors happen in urgent care facilities?

One way that individuals in the New York City area have been able to avoid extremely long wait and treatment times and exorbitant medical costs at hospitals is to go to their nearest urgent care center. The promise of low cost and quick treatment for nonlife-threatening injuries and health ailments is a big convenience and draw. 

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