Surgical errors come in many varieties. Some are big mistakes that are rather shocking in nature. These are the ones that often end up in headlines and news stories. A recent Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality article went over some of the more shocking U.S. surgical mistakes that have been reported on. They involved things like large tools being left in a patient, a patient not being given general anesthesia until an operation was well under way, blood type mix-ups in an organ transplant and removal of the wrong organ.
When a child has asthma, many different things regarding their care can have significant impacts for them and their family. This includes the type of care they receive when they go to a hospital for inpatient care in relation to their condition.
Sometimes, when a parent is with their child as their child is receiving medical care at a hospital, they notice something about the care that they suspect might not be right. For example, they might feel that a mistake is being made or that something important was missed.
Legislatures, courts and bar associations around the country have long encouraged, if not demanded, that lawyers use plain language in legal documents. A summons and complaint should not be so thick with arcane terminology, much of which will certainly be in Latin, that an average plaintiff cannot understand it. Similarly, contracts should stay away from "party of the first part" language in favor of less cumbersome terms like "you" and "the company."
The vast majority of hospitals have made a commitment to improving the patient experience over the last decade such that the typical hospital room has undergone something of a drastic transformation. Indeed, flat-screen televisions, more accommodating bathroom suites and comfortable seating for guests are now the norm in many facilities.
Last time, we began discussing how serious medication errors -- wrong drug, wrong dosage, etc. -- can take place in locations other than just pharmacies and hospitals, including your local doctor's office. We also started discussing the steps that patients can take to avoid becoming victimized by this all too common form of medical malpractice.
Giving birth to a child is supposed to be an incredibly happy time in a woman's life. But this happiness is often marred by a complication. And if that complication leads to a birth injury, both mother and child may never fully be able to get over this life-changing event.
It's understandable how people might feel uncomfortable about the prospect of spending any amount of time in a hospital due to the seemingly innumerable stories detailing everything from high infection rates to high mortality rates. However, thanks to a recently released study, they may now feel uncomfortable in their doctor's office.