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Hospital Negligence Archives

Hospital-acquired infections are hard to treat, but preventable

Patients in the hospital don't expect that they are going to leave with a hospital-acquired infection; however, it is a real possibility if the workers aren't taking steps to prevent them. It is imperative for all patients to keep a close eye on what is going on in their room when people are venturing in and out.

Seemingly minor hospital errors can have big consequences

You don't go to a hospital thinking that you are going to get substandard care. When you choose a hospital, you are likely going to pick one that is close and that can care for what you have wrong. Unfortunately, there are times when hospitals drop the ball. In some of these cases, patients are harmed in the process.

Hospitals should be safe havens, not neglectful centers

Hospitals are charged with giving patients care that meets or exceeds the standard of care. When this doesn't happen, the patients can suffer from great harm. This is an atrocity that shouldn't happen to people who are trying to get the care they need from a source they trust.

A multifaceted approach is necessary in hospital negligence cases

Hospital negligence is never acceptable. There isn't any good reason why a person who seeks care in the hospital should be harmed due to factors like understaffing. When patients are harmed in these cases, those patients have a legal avenue to explore.

Fall prevention has to be a priority in hospitals

Patients in hospitals sometimes have a risk of falling. There are many reasons why this might happen. Medical conditions, medications and similar factors can all mean that a person is unsteady on their feet. So how do hospitals handle people with an increased risk of falling?

Even busy hospitals must provide adequate care

Hospitals must ensure that they are doing what they must to keep patients safe. This includes ensuring that the medical team on staff is capable of providing medical care that patients deserve. When medical professionals don't provide care that meets that standard, the doctor or nurse and the hospital might be held accountable for the issue.

The current flu season is likely going to be severe

Many people think of the flu as something that is a miserable excuse to stay home from work for a few days. What you might not realize is that some people who get the flu might require intensive medical care because there are some serious risks associated with this virus. When issues are present, doctors who treat the patients need to make sure they are offering care that meets or exceeds the standard of care.

Hospital negligence can devastate patients

We recently discussed how central line infections can be devastating to the body. If you recall, these lines go directly into the heart or very near the heart. Even the placement of a central line is a sensitive matter. While this is something that must be handled carefully, it is far from the only risk that some people in the hospital face.

Central line infections can be life-threatening

Having a central venous catheter is sometimes necessary when a person needs intensive medical care. You might have one of these catheters inserted in your groin, neck, or another area if you are going through treatment for cancer or a chronic condition. Some people have these catheters if they are in the intensive care unit.

When TLC becomes TMC: too much care

If you have recently gone to a New Mexico emergency room or your primary care provider, you may have felt comforted by the level of care you received. Your doctor may have ordered a battery of tests to address your complaints, and perhaps you left with a prescription in hand or an appointment to see a specialist, or to have an exploratory procedure.