According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds-and someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. In fact, strokes are the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S.
Medical errors continue to pose a problem in hospitals throughout the country. Researchers with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report an estimated 200,000 patients are fatally injured every year due to preventable medical errors.
A 21-year-old college student knew he was very ill. He went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and told medical professionals he "felt like he was dying." Nevertheless, the medical staff discharged the young man without treatment.
Thousands of Americans each year are injured due to medication errors that occur in a hospital’s emergency department. One mistake by a nurse or anesthesiologist is all it takes to change your life forever.
English is a second language for many people living in Arizona. Unfortunately, these language barriers can be a problem when a patient who is not fluent in English comes to an emergency room for critical care.
In what may come as surprising news to people in Arizona, the time of day when a person goes to the hospital may affect the quality of care that he or she receives. While some of these issues may simply reflect the body's natural rhythms, people depend on health care professionals for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment throughout the day. However, doctors, nurses and others are not exempt from the slump that many people feel at around 3:00 p.m. Productivity can decline at this time as people get tired, and fatigue among healthcare professionals can have serious consequences.
Arizona patients may be interested to learn that on July 3, it was reported that several families filed a lawsuit against a Cleveland hospital after a freezer housing more than 4,000 eggs and embryos malfunctioned. The cryopreservation system that the eggs and embryos were being housed in for more than 950 families malfunctioned in March.
Arizona film and TV fans may be interesting in learning that the family of late actor Bill Paxton is suing Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for negligence over his death in early 2017. However, the hospital is denying responsibility.
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.
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.