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September 2019 Archives

Transitioning to a nursing home; tips for positive adjustment

Nursing home facilities in New York can provide many valuable benefits to families of individuals who are slowly losing the ability to care for themselves. There are also significant advantages for aging individuals who wish to remain part of a social circle, but acknowledge that their independence is fading. The initial transition into a nursing home can be difficult for families, but with the right approach and outlook, it can be a positive adjustment with rewarding outcomes. 

The consequences of a brain injury during pregnancy

Brain injuries can be extremely concerning for anyone, but some people, such as pregnant women, are especially vulnerable when it comes to brain trauma. In some instances, brain injuries may threaten the mother's life, as well as the life of an unborn child, and this can be a very upsetting issue for the whole family. To make things worse, many of these injuries occurred as a direct result of negligence due to a careless physician or medical professional and never should have happened in the first place.

Doctors make thousands of surgery errors every year

New Yorkers in the hospital often worry about becoming a victim of medical errors and with good reason. CNN Health estimates that medical errors may be the third-leading cause of death in America. Surgical errors account for a large portion of this and may be the most frightening.

Forceps delivery may cause birth injuries

Over the past few years, horror stories related to forceps delivery floated around the news. It comes as no surprise then that women in New York may fear ever needing one to deliver their baby. According to Mayo Clinic, as a type of assisted vaginal delivery, it sometimes becomes necessary if the labor does not progress smoothly. Doctors may also recommend forceps delivery if the baby’s safety requires an immediate delivery.

Existing technology in hospitals may decrease prescription errors

Patients in New York often worry about medication errors and what may happen if they are ever a victim. Medication errors can lead to accidental overdose, which can be fatal. What is perhaps most terrifying about this type of medical mistake is that it is on the rise.

3 types of hospital infections that may indicate malpractice

Few things can derail your weekend plans faster than a hospital stay. If you have to spend the night in a hospital, though, you expect doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to offer you an appropriate level of care. If you develop an infection during your hospital visit, on the other hand, you may have evidence of medical malpractice. 

Fungus runs rampant at NY nursing homes

Nursing homes are not generally thought of as a place of disease and sickness. Many people move into nursing homes to recover from serious injuries or to be looked after as they may not be able to live on their own and take care of themselves. Yet, some nursing homes in New York and throughout the U.S. have become breeding grounds for deadly germs, including fungus. 

Miscommunication and medical errors

Communication is key when dealing with physicians, specialists, surgeons, nurses and other medical personnel. A number of patients in New York and across the country have several people looking over their medical care, and rely on communication between these professionals to keep them healthy and safe. When communication does not take place, it leaves room for a multitude of medical errors, including overprescribing of medications, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and other adverse events. 

Report finds human errors major factor in surgical mistakes

When a person in New York must have a surgery or one of their family members requires an operation, it is logical to have concerns and questions. Understanding the nature of the procedure, the pre-surgical instructions and what to expect after the operation can all be important in helping to allay any fears and prepare for the surgery. These things, however, may not be able to guard against all of the concerns a patient or their loved ones may have as many complications can arise from mistakes that happen during the operation itself.

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