The majority of doctors and nurses in New York are diligent when it comes to providing their patient's with the best care. They work hard to ensure that every surgery is a success. No matter how careful they are, however, it only takes one mistake to dramatically alter someone's life. A University hospital with a better than 98 percent success rate on kidney transplant operations recently made an unthinkable error that resulted in a medical negligence lawsuit.
A cancer diagnosis is devastating. It is frequently known as the silent killer, and the implications of such a diagnosis quite often lead patients to the belief that the sickness will likely be life-threatening without treatment. However, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that the term "cancer" has been misunderstood and misused for far too long.
Emergency rooms and New York hospitals are quite frequently overloaded, leaving the doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel understaffed and overworked. The long shifts that are required, combined with the general rigors of the industry, can wear on individuals and cause them to make medical errors.
Everyone is entitled to the same level of care when in the care of emergency room physicians regardless of what they are being treated for or what time of day or night they are admitted. Yet, that doesn't always seem to be the case. Medical professionals make mistakes--just as everyone else does. When medical errors are careless or life-threatening, however, the doctors and nurses should be held accountable for their actions.
When a hospital error is committed in New York City, it is often the victim of the error who suffers the most since he or she is the one who experiences the pain, anguish and the continued stress of going back and forth to medical providers. Doctor errors, especially in diagnostics, are considered to be one of the leading issues in medical mistakes according to several studies released in the last year.
Our readers may remember the story of a woman in Queens who was the victim of multiple emergency room mistakes in diagnosing her condition, before it was discovered that she had lung cancer. While the woman had been planning to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, she was unable to do so before her death due to New York law and time limits. According to the law, victims of urgent care errors and other medical mistakes must file within two and a half years for a private hospital and 15 months for a city hospital.
When a hospital error is made, sometimes the patient may find themselves with an injury that requires additional medical care, separate from the problem that they came in with. People in New York City have a general trust in their hospitals and for the most part, many go to a hospital, receive the right treatment and are able to return home again. Others are not so lucky and may be a victim of incorrect treatment, a missed diagnosis or even a surgical error.
There are many challenges for the healthcare industry today but none of those challenges should interfere with the care that a patient in Queens receives. Doctor errors have been proven to be preventable with the right systems and protocols in place. Medical errors are often the result of medical staff failing to follow through on things such as test results, listening to the patient's information and double checking to verify that the patient is receiving the right treatment.
Many times, New York hospitals are places where things are kept quiet and communication between medical staff and patients is limited to safe topics such as their medical condition or improvement. Few will actually admit to committing medical errors, acknowledging that staff, after all, is only human and everyone is prone to making mistakes. A hospital error can be made at any time with a mistake in calculating medication, a delay in a patient's care or an accident that occurs during a surgical procedure.
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.