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Hospitals can be held liable for employee negligence

If a patient is ever injured during the course of a hospital stay, it is very important to discover the source of the injury. By recognizing where a mistake occurred, a hospital can take corrective actions that will help minimize the chances of a similar event taking place in the future.

Survey results reveal mortality rates in nursing homes

A study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, yielded results indicating there may be a need for better coordination between hospitals and nursing homes regarding the care of older patients. The study looked at cases of Medicare patients who received treatment for such emergencies as broken bones and strokes.

What information in my medical records is important?

No one who checks into a hospital expects to end up being injured during their stay. But the fact is, patients do sometimes suffer harm while undergoing treatment. When such an unfortunate event occurs, a patient or their family may choose to pursue legal action against any culpable parties.

VA hospital system probe leads to changes

Upon entering a hospital for treatment, you are entitled to have your medical needs given appropriate consideration and attention. We have previously written on this blog about the responsibility that doctors and other medical professionals have in providing an acceptable level of care for their patients. When these individuals fail to meet that standard, they could be found culpable for medical negligence.

Doctors can be liable for failure to diagnose symptoms

If we suspect that we may be suffering from some form of medical ailment, we may choose to have the issue addressed at a hospital or other health care facility. Our hope is to have our symptoms properly diagnosed so any appropriate treatment can be issued.

How does a plaintiff establish medical negligence?

The caring of people’s medical needs requires that doctors, nurses and other caregivers do all that is in their power to see to the well-being of their patients. Should a person suffer an injury while receiving care from a hospital or other care facility, an investigation may need to be carried out to determine the cause.

Lawmakers asked to improve medical injury reporting

About 15 years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a disturbing report on the number of deaths caused by medical errors. Recently, at a Senate subcommittee hearing, a patient safety advocate, who is also a doctor, told lawmakers that protections for patients are no better now than they were when the report was released.

AZ high court: Hospitals can be sued under vulnerable adult law

In terms of protecting the well-being of vulnerable adults, is there a difference between "providing care" and "providing treatment"? No, said the Arizona Supreme Court. The question came up in two cases recently heard by the high court.

Misdiagnosis leads to surprise of a lifetime for one woman

For most women, if they miss their period they take a pregnancy test. If this turns up negative and they are still experiencing strange symptoms, they might go to the doctor for blood tests. Along with the possibility of an ultra sound, these tests will often confirm whether a woman is pregnant or not. It’s a simple diagnosis, right?

Survive Our Health Care System

The Journal on Patient Safety recently confirmed that over 440,000 people die every year because of preventable medical errors. Every year, preventable medical errors needlessly kill the equivalent of the population of Atlanta, Georgia.  Put another way, that's like taking Boise, Idaho and Madison, Wisconsin and erasing them from the map.

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