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Hospital Negligence Archives

Worse patient care follows hospital data breaches

The risks of hospital data breaches for patients in Arizona can go beyond the threats to privacy. In fact, a researcher at Vanderbilt University says that more than 2,100 patients die each year in relation to hospital data breaches. Because these types of security problems lead to litigation, investigations and inquiries, hospital services can be diverted from patient care to rectifying issues caused by the breach.

Medication errors, and their most common factors

Residents of Arizona who rely on medication to address a condition may be concerned about the prevalence of medication errors. A 2016 study from Johns Hopkins University has found that more than 250,000 Americans die from medication errors every year. Despite the fact that digital technology simplifies the record-keeping process, healthcare professionals are liable to make errors, all of which are preventable.

Overmedication: a widespread issue in U.S. nursing homes

A report from Human Rights Watch has shown that many nursing homes are using antipsychotic drugs on their residents as a chemical restraint, often without the informed consent of the residents or their family. Anyone in Arizona who has an elderly loved one in a nursing home should be aware of this widespread trend. Some families report that their loved ones lost their personalities or suffered from increased anxiety because of overmedication.

6-year-old boy dies while using hospital heating blanket

Arizona parents may be saddened to learn that a Pennsylvania hospital has been cited after an investigation was conducted into the death of a 6-year-old boy. The action took place after the health care facility failed to report the incident within 24 hours.

3 signs of a pulmonary embolism that can't be missed

A sudden sharp pain in your chest surprised you, and then you realized you couldn't take a deep breath without the pain getting worse. You begin to feel anxious, but you think you might just have a pulled muscle. After friends urge you to do so, you head to the hospital. They think you might be suffering from a pulmonary embolism.

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.

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