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Patients must manage health care to reduce medical errors

Admission to any hospital in Arizona exposes patients to the risk of infection. People should avoid hospitalization whenever feasible because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that hospital-acquired infections strike one in 25 patients every day. Medical errors like post-surgical infections and medication mistakes contribute to the approximately 250,000 deaths attributed to medical mistakes every year.

Jury awards misdiagnosed victim $28.9 million

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Arizona and around the country are sometimes filed after people have been harmed due to a missed or delayed diagnosis. Patients can suffer catastrophic consequences when doctors fail to identify potentially serious or even fatal conditions, and this can result in significant awards and settlements. One such case involves a Missouri woman who in May 2017 was awarded $28.9 million in damages after convincing a jury that her doctors had ignored her pleas to perform more tests.

How to get physicians to admit their mistakes

Arizona residents may be aware that medical errors are one of the primary causes of fatalities in the United States. It is believed that up to 250,000 people die each year because of mistakes made by medical professionals. While efforts have been made to make it easier for medical professionals to acknowledge their errors, this may not be easy for everyone. However, doing so may increase patient safety and lead to better outcomes.

Doctor Intoxication and Medical Malpractice

Given their medical knowledge regarding the effects of drug and alcohol intoxication, it is rather shocking to discover that some doctors take the risk of treating patients while under the influence. Medical mistakes due to doctor intoxication can run the gamut from missed diagnoses, to incorrect prescriptions, to poorly performed procedures that cause short and long-term harm. It is important to understand this issue, and to get the help of a qualified attorney if you believe you or a loved one suffered due to an impaired physician.

Negligence and medical treatment

Most people go to medical professionals for care because heath care providers are generally understood as being the people who are most capable of making sound judgments regarding a person's health. The specialization within the medical world often means that certain health care providers are even more qualified than others to prescribe treatment for particular issues.

When surgeons and nurses are negligent

Many Arizona patients undergo surgery each year, and they do so expecting that their doctors and nurses will perform the operations competently. Unfortunately, some medical professionals do not exhibit the quality of care that is expected of them. If your surgeon was negligent, you may be facing debilitating, life-altering injuries as a result.

Elderly hospital patients may fare better with female doctors

Elderly patients in Arizona hospitals may not get to choose the doctor that treats them during their stays. However, those that happen to be matched up with female doctors may have better outcomes. On Dec. 19, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study looking at the differences in the outcomes of patients that were treated by male or female doctors.

Problems with computerized diagnosis

Modern health care is flooded with such massive amounts of data that it is an increasing struggle for doctors to adequately keep track of all the information. This has led to an inefficient system increasingly reliant on specialists. Arizona patients often spend a great deal of time and expense bouncing between their general care physician and sometimes dozens of specialized physicians. There is often limited communication between them. Many patients are left confused and with contradictory information. There is also a strong chance important information will be missed or miscommunicated.

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