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Legionnaires' disease linked to hospitals

Arizona patients may not be pleased to learn that, according to a study, one in five cases of Legionnaires disease could be linked to hospitals and other health care facilities. The study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and looked at health care facilities in 20 states.

The dangers of blood thinners for nursing home patients

Anticoagulants such as Warfarin and Coumadin have been used since the 1940s to reduce the risk of stroke for those who have atrial fibrillation. While such drugs have the ability to prevent the formation of blood clots, they may be dangerous for those experience internal bleeding. Residents of nursing homes in Arizona and around the country may be especially vulnerable when given anticoagulants.

Unnecessary C-sections still commonplace in hospitals

Arizona parents-to-be may be interested in learning that approximately 1.3 million children are delivered via cesarean sections every single year. This figure equates to about a third of all children born each year. Yet, according to a study released in January 2017, the vast majority of women wish to deliver their children vaginally.

Arizona patients have limited access to hospital error data

Prospective patients have few options for investigating the quality of care provided at Arizona hospitals. Rates of medical errors and infections along with information about serious medical mistakes tend to be kept secret. The state has no laws requiring hospitals to report mistakes, and national databases tend to present old and incomplete data.

Health officials call for disclosure of hospital inspections

Arizona patients and their family members only have limited access to information about inspections at hospitals, especially investigations of medical errors. Private accreditation companies perform inspections at close to 90 percent of U.S. hospitals instead of state or federal government officials. Proposed regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services call for the release of confidential reports prepared by private accreditors.

Skilled workers could be cause of hospital errors

Arizona hospital patients will of course want a skilled professional working to help them. However, a study by two researchers from Michigan State University indicates that skilled individuals may be more prone to error than less skilled individuals when they are interrupted. The reason for this appears to be that skilled workers perform tasks faster than other individuals.

Hospitals must do more to prevent error-related deaths

Preventable medical errors are a major problem in hospitals in Arizona and across the United States, according to many studies. In fact, three reports concluded that hospital negligence causes the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans each year as well as a countless number of noon-fatal injuries.

"Dead in bed" malpractice cases on the rise

Arizona families who have had a loved one die while they were hospitalized may be interested to learn that there has been a sharp increase in medical malpractice lawsuits surrounding patients who have been found dead under similar circumstances. In these cases, the patients had undergone a successful surgery and then suddenly died as they were recovering.

Open heart surgery patients may have been exposed to infection

Modern medicine saves numerous lives, but sometimes the equipment, personnel and other factors severely injure and even kill the patients it was supposed to save. One newly discovered problem arises from equipment used in open heart surgical procedures.

How to be the best patient possible

It's not something most of think about. Sure, we've heard horror stories about people having the wrong breast removed during a mastectomy, or someone having the wrong kidney removed. But these seem like very unusual occurrences. They can't possibly be common or no doctor would be able to practice medicine, right? Maybe not.

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