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.
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.
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.
If you suspect that something went wrong while you or a family member were being treated at an Arizona hospital, it may be wise to seek legal guidance. Even if you don't know for certain that a health care provider committed medical malpractice, an attorney could offer helpful advice. Getting in touch with our legal team at the Law Offices of Raymond J. Slomski, P.C. could help you to get to the bottom of what happened during your treatment.
Some veterans in Arizona are still waiting six months or longer for medical treatment two years after whistleblowers working at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs office reported that senior executives routinely ordered medical staff to cancel appointments. Investigators were unable to prove these allegations, but a report released by the VA Office of Inspector General on Oct. 4 reveals that bureaucratic mix-ups are still widespread and likely cost at least one veteran his life.
When Arizona residents go to their doctors or to the hospital, they generally do so with the expectation that the care they will receive will help them. Unfortunately, medical professionals sometimes make errors that result in patients being seriously injured or even dying. If you or your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, a worsened condition or died after medical treatment, you might wonder if it was caused by medical malpractice.
Arizona patients should be aware of a new EMR analysis tool that could drastically reduce the occurrence of medical errors during patient handoffs. The time at which hospital workers change shifts poses a heightened risk for medical errors since important patient information is sometimes lost from one shift to the next. How medical professionals communicate when changing shifts is a major factor in the likelihood of medical errors. Shift changes, or handoffs, present a variety of opportunities for dangerous or even fatal mistakes to be made.
Patients in Arizona hospitals that require dialysis must rely on health care staff to keep the process sanitary. If there is a mistake during one step of the procedure, it could result in a dialysis patient being exposed to an infection. Recently, a hospital in Seattle had to warn around 650 dialysis patients that they might have been exposed to hepatitis B.
Nine out of ten hospitals in Arizona do not meet a patient safety watchdog's standard for dealing with 'never events." In a report on this issue, Leapfrog rated hospitals around the country on their responses to egregious medical errors like fatal medication mistakes, serious falls, wrong-site surgeries and objects left inside patients' bodies after surgery.
The findings and recommendations of a May 2016 study on medical errors may lead to safer clinical settings for Arizona patients. The British Medical Journal reports that about 250,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are due to medical mistakes, which is a term that encompasses hospital negligence, prescription drug error, doctor error and generally injuries that occur when patients are under the care of medical personnel. High-profile settlements, such as that received by the family of Joan Rivers, and peer-reviewed investigations have uncovered systemic problems and potential solutions.