Currently, doctors have a list of more than 10,000 medications in their supply of treatment options. Even though medical advancements have meant better treatment for people in the United States, there is a higher risk of adverse drug events, also known as ADEs. The Patient Safety Network estimates that ADEs account for about 700,000 emergency room visits annually.
Despite the use of modern technology and advancements in medical science, many patients in New York continue to be the victims of hospital negligence In some rare cases, a surgeon may have erred and operated on the wrong site or left objects behind in the body.
A physician promises to do everything they can to keep their patients safe from harm and heal them. However some doctors do things that violate that promise, exposing victims in New York City to surgical errors that could have been avoided. If a surgeon begins making multiple surgical mistakes, those mistakes are generally reported to the state's medical board, which can result in charges and an investigation to see if other patients under the doctor's care may have been harmed.
There has always been some form of risk associated with medical care. Before the medical profession realized the importance of sanitation and sterilization, operations often resulted in infection and death for hundreds of people. While medicine and medical processes have come a long way in the last several decades, surgical errors continue to cause additional pain and suffering for patients in New York City and elsewhere, and sadly, some still die from infection and complications.
Many people in New York City rely on Medicare to provide for them when it comes to their healthcare needs, but this doesn't mean that the care they receive is going to be superior. As you may know, many nursing homes are privately owned, which means that they are in business to make a profit and for some, this comes at the expense of the people they are supposed to help. As a result, nursing home neglect and abuse seems to still be occurring on a regular basis, despite federal guidelines put into place.
Every time you walk into a New York City doctor's office or hospital, you essentially put your life into another person's hands. The wrong diagnosis, prescription and even understaffing can greatly affect your health. While you would hope that medical errors are rare occurrences, studies being conducted show that they happen more often than you think. In fact some people may actually have been the victim of a hospital error or doctor's mistake without even knowing it.
For many couples in New York City, the expected arrival of a new baby is an exciting period of time. There is a nursery to be decorated, the receiving of congratulations from family members and friends and baby showers to attend. In addition, expectant mothers and fathers have the exhilaration of feeling the baby kick, hearing the heartbeat for the first time and other experiences associated with the growth of new life. The last thing they expect is to be the victims of medical malpractice that results in the loss of that baby.
Hospitals are designed to be a place of healing. The last thing that a patient thinks about when walking into the doors of one is whether they are going to contract a deadly virus or disease. Yet patients in New York may feel a little differently after hearing about a case of hospital negligence that happened in Buffalo.
Anytime you walk into a hospital's emergency department in New York City, you can expect to see waiting rooms filled with people. Sometimes their ailments are simple ones, such the flu or an infection that can be easily taken care of with antibiotics. Others may have more severe health problems such as chest pain, equilibrium issues or injuries needing to be treated. Emergency room doctors often try to quickly diagnose a patient and send him or her on their way so that they can see the next one. However this can lead to fatal errors as one woman learned.
When an emergency room makes a mistake in diagnosing a patient's problem, serious repercussions can occur such as severe illness and death. Many times, emergency room mistakes can be avoided if physicians and staff take a serious look at the patient's symptoms. It is furthermore the responsibility of the hospital to contact the patient's family if a misdiagnosis is discovered. This, unfortunately, did not occur in the case of a young boy who died in Queens last year.