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When an emergency room error takes place

We have covered many of the different forms of hospital negligence, which can be incredibly devastating for patients and those they love. It is important to realize some of the other ways in which hospital mistakes may take place. For example, a hospital error may occur while a person is in an emergency room. Sadly, those who are sent to the ER may be struggling with a serious injury or condition and when medical professionals make mistakes during this time, the consequences can be especially disastrous. In New Mexico, those who have suffered due to a mistake in an emergency department should immediately assess their options.

There are many ways in which a medical professional could make a mistake, such as administering the wrong medicine or the wrong amount of an emergency medicine. Moreover, these mistakes may take place for a variety of reasons, such as a medical professional's lack of experience, an emergency department that is understaffed, or hospital workers who are rushing around and fail to devote enough time to their job. When a patient suffers as a result of an error in the ER, they may face numerous complications, from a worsened condition to unnecessary pain and the loss of their life.

Hospital negligence and permanent disabilities

We have addressed many of the different ways in which hospital negligence occurs, from patients developing bed sores due to inadequate care to medical professional workers rushing or lacking the experience they need to perform their job duties properly. Unfortunately, these examples of negligent behavior can be especially hard for certain victims and those they love. In some cases, a patient who suffers as a result of hospital negligence may sustain a permanent injury, which can be incredibly upsetting and bring a number of hardships that will follow them for the rest of their life.

There are many ways in which hospital negligence can cause lifelong challenges. For example, someone may sustain a brain injury due to a medical professional's error, which can completely disrupt their life (no longer being able to work, experiencing emotional challenges and personality changes that interfere with personal relationships, etc.). Sometimes, this negligence can result in someone's inability to walk and they may be stuck in a wheelchair for the rest of their life. Moreover, a victim of hospital negligence may even suffer a sizeable scar which upsets them tremendously. There are all sorts of ways in which hospital patients are mistreated and there are many different injuries they suffer. Sadly, some are permanent.

Surgery and negligent operating room staff

When taking surgical errors into consideration, some people envision a negligent surgeon who fails to perform an operation properly. For example, a surgical operation may be performed on the wrong site or, in some istances, even the wrong patient. While this is terrifying, there are other ways in which surgical errors occur. Sometimes, negligent operating room staff are responsible for life-threatening mistakes. When this occurs, those who fail to live up to expectations because of negligent behavior have to be held responsible.

Sometimes, operating room staff become distracted, whether their attention is diverted to socialize or they are using their phone at a critical moment. In other instances, operating room staff may lack training and experience, or they could simply have no regard for the patients they are supposed to be caring for. Furthermore, some operating rooms are understaffed, leaving workers scrambling around, tired, and always short on time. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong because of negligence on behalf of operating room staff, the consequences can be disastrous for patients who are undergoing surgery.

How common are diagnostic errors?

We go to the doctor expecting that we can trust the care we are receiving. When a doctor gives us a diagnosis and prescribes treatment, we trust what he or she is saying. After all, the doctor is the medical professional, the one who went through years of medical school and specialized training to get to where they are. With their knowledge, we have to put our health in their hands.

Unfortunately, medical errors happen. And while these errors can happen for any number of reasons, diagnostic errors tend to top the list.

Taking action over delayed assistance

Medical professionals sometimes make honest mistakes, resulting in an incredible amount of unnecessary patient suffering. However, there are also negligent medical workers who intentionally show no regard for the well-being of patients, which can be particularly upsetting. Hospital negligence takes many forms and happens in all sorts of ways, from mistakes involving the prescription of medication to bed sores as a result of neglect. However, some patients experience a great deal of suffering because of delayed assistance.

There are a number of ways in which delayed assistance can occur, whether someone is not treated soon enough in an emergency situation or a medical professional fails to take the proper steps in a timely manner during an operation. Unfortunately, delayed assistance can have significant consequences for victims, such as worsened conditions and an inability to survive altogether. When time is of the essence, it is crucial for medical professionals to fulfill their duties and when they fail to do so, their inaction should be addressed.

Are dangerous VA doctors still practicing?

The largest integrated health care system in the United States is the Veterans Health Administration. Considering the fact that veterans literally put their lives on the line for their country, the government owes all veterans access to quality health care services. However, a recent report is showing that the care at these facilities is not always what it should be and patients are the ones paying the price.

According to the USA Today report, for years the VA has been concealing the questionable records of medical staff. Concealing records mean that these same medical professionals are able to go on to work at other facilities without anyone knowing of previous mistakes or misdeeds.

When an infection is left untreated

On this blog, we have covered all sorts of examples of errors that medical professionals make, which can endanger the lives of patients they are supposed to be caring for. However, doctor errors manifest in many ways, which some people are not always aware of. Infections, for example, can be dangerous and may even result in the loss of life. Sadly, medical professionals do not always pay proper attention while taking care of patients, for an array of reasons such as inexperience and rushing. If you or someone in your family has developed an infection due to a medical professional's error, you should not have any hesitance with respect to taking action.

Unfortunately, many of these infections were entirely preventable or could have been addressed much sooner, significantly minimizing the consequences a victim may have to endure. When someone develops a significant infection, the entire experience can be nerve-wracking and may also cause stress and other problems for family members. Sometimes, people stay silent after suffering an infection that was left untreated or some other example of medical malpractice, whether they assume that nobody will listen to their side of the story or do not have confidence that legal action will have a successful outcome.

Understanding preeclampsia and pregnancy

As an expecting mother, you will have many doctor appointments leading up to your due date. In the beginning, these checkups will be less frequent - typically monthly - but as you get closer to your due date, it is normal for the frequency of these checkups to increase, substantially.

At these checkups, your doctor should be making recommendations on certain tests. While some of these recommendations are made to everyone - such as the test for gestational diabetes - others recommendations will be based on your age and risk factors.

Robotic exoskeletons help paralyzed patients

For many individuals who suffer a catastrophic injury or debilitating disease that results in paralysis, the prognosis for returning function to their legs can be a dim one. However, recent advances in technology and medicine have seen some innovative applications that are helping some patients walk once again, which could give hope to those who have suffered from medical malpractice injuries.

It is well known that using assisted motion to maintain muscle tone and restore muscle memory has helped some individuals return to normal function after an accident or injury. One option found in some rehab facilities is the ReWalk system, which combines an exoskeleton, robotics and motors mounted at the hip and knee to help patients walk on their own.

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