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.
Software controlled by artificial intelligence may soon help doctors in Arizona and across the U.S. diagnose pneumonia more accurately. The software could also improve health care treatment in parts of the world that have limited access to radiologists.
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.
New Mexico residents might like to know about a misdiagnosis lawsuit that resulted after a woman had parts of her organs removed. A 46-year-old woman in Kansas filed a suit against the University of Kansas Hospital for negligence, fraud and civil conspiracy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.