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Posts tagged "Hospital Negligence"

What is Legionnaires’ disease and how is it dangerous?

Imagine being admitted to the hospital for a procedure or treatment expecting to feel better when you leave, only to get sicker from an infection you acquired while hospitalized. You and other New York residents may be interested in learning about Legionnaires’ disease in healthcare settings.

Electronic medical records can lead to medical errors

Advanced technology has made way for thousands of new medical treatments and methods of storing patient information and records. Yet amidst all of these new developments designed to eliminate medical mistakes, errors continue to occur. Some of these errors could lead to patient injuries and deaths. In addition to physicians and other medical professionals acting negligently by pushing the wrong buttons, applying patient notes under the wrong patient or making other mistakes, the software programs themselves may have glitches that could result in a catastrophic error

What are hospital-acquired infections?

Every time you become a patient in a New York hospital, you risk getting a hospital-acquired infection while you are there. In fact, according to a recent HealthLine report, your chance is one in 10. And this risk increases if your hospital stay includes time in an intensive care unit where doctors and nurses treat the sickest patients.

Man suffers permanent paralysis at the hands of hospital staff

Because understanding medical conditions and being able to make correct diagnosis requires both knowledge and experience, many patients in New York rely heavily on their health care provider to be able to do just that. When they are experiencing an injury or suspicious symptoms that are interfering with their comfort, often the first thing they will do is contact their doctor for help managing and treating what they are dealing with. 

How can hospital workers protect patients from pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a very serious infection of the lungs that can cause significant illness in certain patients. Accordingly, it's imperative that hospital workers take the proper steps to prevent the spread of illness-causing agents when treating patients. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology offers the following advice on what hospital staff must do to safeguard patient health.

Criminal charges in fatal medication error case

People in New York have good reason to be concerned about the possibility of being impacted by a medical error given that some studies show these errors to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. When health care professionals make mistakes that contribute to or cause serious injuries or death, it is reasonable for those affected to feel they have the right to seek compensation or justice.

When a child's brain is injured due to hospital negligence

There are so many examples of hospital negligence, and we have covered many of these issues and the consequences of these incidents on our blog. Unfortunately, some can be particularly tough, such as those which involve young children. From newborns to teens, children are injured and even pass away as a result of hospital negligence in many ways. We believe that negligent medical workers in Queens and throughout New York should never be able to get away scot-free when their actions have caused young children to suffer. Sadly, this continues to happen at an alarming rate across the country.

Why do hospitals hide medical errors?

If you have ever had an issue with a medical error in New York, you may have discovered the hospital was somewhat secretive and pushed you to avoid getting anyone from the outside involved. This is a common practice with hospitals when it comes to medical malpractice, according to the Insurance Journal.

Why do hospitals call codes?

Hospitals and medical centers in New York City certainly are unique environments. When you are there as a patient, your stresses are likely high due to the circumstances behind your hospitalization. If you are there as a visitor, then you may be equally stressed due to the concern for your family member or friend. Regardless of the reason for your presence, hospital personnel have a duty to see to your safety.

What can I do to prepare myself for surgery?

You place a great deal of trust in your medical team when you go in for a surgical procedure. In most cases, surgery goes well, with few complications during or after the procedure. However, even the most skilled doctors and nurses make mistakes, and hospital errors are not uncommon in New York and elsewhere. You may reduce the chances of developing a serious complication when you are informed and prepared before and after your surgery.

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