Whenever you enter any of the hospitals in New York City, you bring with you the expectation that those treating you are highly trained and experienced. Yet how much would your outlook change if you knew that the provider taking care of you was a medical student? Throughout the country, countless healthcare facilities are affiliated with medical schools to help train the doctors of tomorrow. While it is widely understood that medical students and residents need real world experience in order to develop their skills, you might wonder if the hospitals where they learn produce more patient care errors?
Unless you possess a good deal of clinical knowledge, one hospital in Kew Gardens may appear to be the exact same as the next. Sure, some are larger or smaller than others, yet for the most part, you likely expect to receive the same level of care at any of them. However, hospitals and medical centers are actually categorized by the type or care that they are designed to accommodate. Understanding what care is available at what facility could very well influence your decision on where to seek treatment.
If you are about to have surgery in a New York hospital, you may wonder about the risks of general anesthesia, which is routinely used in surgical procedures. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP, we often see people suffering from hospital negligence who were uninformed. Making sure you understand your procedure and the risks can enable you to be a better patient and help avoid negligence issues.
When you enter into hospital or other healthcare facility in Queens, you likely do so with the expectation that not only is its staff fully capable of seeing to your every medical need, but also that any incidents or errors that may have occurred in the past have better prepared them to avoid having such complication affect you. Yet that may not necessarily be the case. Why? Because statistics seem to indicate that many medical errors and adverse events go unreported.
Most of the concerns New York City residents bring to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin, and Seinfeld regarding their healthcare surrounds their treatment, not their security. Like most, you may think that the only dangerous intruders in a hospital are those microscopic bugs threatening to follow you home. However, with all the news that has surfaced in recent years regarding cyberattacks, is it realistic to think that the healthcare industry is immune to such threats? If it is not, is your local hospital or medical center is taking adequate step to protect you from such risks?
A common misconception that may be held by many in New York City is that all medical malpractice lawsuits end with large payouts to plaintiffs. Hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers often are not keen on the idea of admitting wrongdoing, for doing so could serve as a public relations blow that may erode public trust in their ability to provide effective patient care. Such individuals and organizations often tend to have significant resources at their disposal to assist in fighting such claims, as well as expert opinions to justify their decisions. All of this can combine to create quiet a compelling counterargument.
Past posts on this blog have detailed the risks that you may face of acquiring an infection while you are a patient in any of the hospitals or medical centers in Queens. Controlling these risks may, from an outside perspective, seem relatively simple: just make sure all hospital rooms and treatment areas remain clean. However, given the complexity of infection control (particularly in areas where disease-causing pathogens are present in high concentrations, such as hospitals), ensuring that everything is “clean” may be easier said than done.
People seeking medical care at any of the hospitals or medical centers in and around New York City enter such facilities expecting not only treatment for their injuries or illnesses but also improvement. However, in many cases, not only may that not happen, but one could see his or her condition actually start to deteriorate. What many may not know is that the cause of such deterioration many be due to an infection one acquired in the hospital itself.
When you head to the hospital in Kew Gardens, any concern that you may have regarding what could potentially go wrong with your visit is likely limited to complications with your procedure or possibly acquiring an infection. These are the types of hospital errors that typically make headlines. However, there is another type of error whose damage may not be immediately apparent, but can ultimately cause just as much chaos in your life as any type of physical harm: the unauthorized disclosure of information from your medical record.
Almost every time you enter into a hospital or medical center in New York City, you are likely to hear messages sent out over the facility’s intercom system. Typically, these messages are meant to page doctors or other hospital staff members, yet every now and then, you may hear an overhead alert beginning with the word “code,” then a color, then a location within the facility. What do these codes mean, and how might they affect you as a patient?