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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technology is everywhere in New York. You may even see it used in hospitals. Often this use is in equipment, but in some cases, you may also see hospital staff using handheld devices. The use of handheld devices, such as smartphones, is not completely accepted. MedCrave explains that they are becoming popular due to medical apps that are now available.
A medical doctor and former CEO of the National Quality Forum coined the term "Never Event" in 2001, to describe medical errors that are particularly shocking in nature. Particularly shocking errors include surgery at the wrong site, food meant for stomach tubes going into test tubes, air bubbles going into IV catheters or, in short, any incident that should never have occurred. New York Never Events require extreme neglect to happen, hence the reason they are so rare.
New York State was once home to one of the largest private cancer practices in the region at CCS Oncology. After a string of legal troubles over the last two years, including a bankruptcy filing and an FBI raid, the former president and CEO of the facility, also a radiation oncologist, now faces charges from the state Health Department, alleging incompetence and gross negligence in his treatment of seven patients. Of those seven patients, six are now dead.