Beazley Insurance Company, Inc., a hospital professional liability insurer, published a report earlier this week that captures the state of medical malpractice claims in the United States. The insurance company found that there's been a significant increase in $5 million and over claims in the past four years. They also noted that the per-claim demand for all claims has increased by around 50% during the last decade.
Going to the hospital is a very stressful situation no matter the reason for your visit. You don't expect to leave the hospital in a worse condition than when you arrived. However, this happens all too often at hospitals in New York City and throughout the country. Today, we will discuss the issues with communication that can lead to hospital negligence.
People sometimes joke about dying of a broken heart, but you may be surprised to learn that the term might not be as far from the truth as you think. Broken heart syndrome, a little-known term to describe symptoms that resemble a heart attack, can create confusion and, occasionally, medical complications for New York residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.