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December 2016 Archives

Bedsores developing at a hospital isn't acceptable

When you go into the hospital, you expect care that will help you to improve. You don't expect that you are going to suffer more harm during your stay than what you had when you were admitted. If you develop bedsores while you are in the hospital, you might opt to seek compensation from the hospital for negligence.

Too Many Distractions Can Lead to Avoidable Medical Errors

Working with patients in a health care setting is among the most important jobs one can have, and it carries some of the biggest responsibilities. Whether the health care worker is a physician, a nurse, or even a pharmacist they are required to pay very close attention to detail. These details are important for seeing that patients are fully evaluated during the diagnostic stage, when medication is dispensed or administered, as well as when treatments are being pursued. Even when these professionals are working under the best conditions staying focused can be a challenge. However, it is not unusual for work conditions to be compromised, and in too many cases it is their patients that pay the price.

Penicillin allergies might not have been properly diagnosed

Many people are told that they are allergic to penicillin based on reactions they had as children. While it is important to stay away from medications that you are actually allergic to, it has come to light that some people who think they have a penicillin allergy aren't actually allergic to the drug.

A birth injury may be the obstetrician's fault

Most birth injuries occur as the baby transits through its mother's birth canal, and fortunately, most are minor that resolve without the need for treatment. Medical advances have greatly reduced the frequency of these incidents, but they do still occur on occasion.