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Do medical instruments get left behind?

Every year, thousands of Americans enter operating rooms in hospitals and outpatient clinics across the country. If you have gone into an operating room for a surgical procedure, you know how it feels to place your life in the hands of medical professionals. You may trust that they have the education and knowledge necessary to accurate perform your procedure and help you through the healing process. Surprisingly, surgeons and surgical staff make a number of errors in the operating room, pointing to gross medical negligence. This involves leaving foreign objects behind in patients’ surgical sites. These mistakes are often called ‘never-events’ because they should never happen if proper protocol and procedures are followed.

The new superbug yeast that acts like bacteria

At the Law Office of JoJene E. Mills, PC, in Arizona, we help people who suffer the ill effects of medical malpractice. We therefore thought we should warn you about a new superbug that is spreading around the world. As Wired.com reports, Candida auris is a superbug yeast that first appeared on epidemiologists’ radar in 2009 when a 70-year-old Tokyo hospital patient developed a stubborn ear infection that turned out to be a new type of yeast infection. At about the same time, two South Korean patients ultimately died when the new yeast invaded their bloodstreams.

What are hospital-acquired infections?

When you become a patient in an Arizona hospital or other health care facility, the last thing you expect is that you will get an infection while there. Nevertheless, that is exactly what you risk, especially if your hospital stay requires time in the intensive care unit where medical professionals treat patients who have the most serious diseases. HealthLine reports that you have a one in ten chance of contracting an HAI every time you are admitted to the hospital.

What must I prove in a medical malpractice case?

When you go to see an Arizona doctor or other health care professional, or when (s)he admits you to the hospital, you expect that these medical professionals have the requisite knowledge, skill and experience to properly diagnose your condition and treat it appropriately. The last thing you expect is that someone in whose hands you placed your health and in whom you placed your faith and trust will injure you or make you sicker than you were before you consulted him or her. Sadly, however, medical errors occur at a rather alarming rate, and when they do, you can sue the doctors, nurses and others who caused your injury, as well as the hospital for which they work.

When hospitals are understaffed

If you have ever spent time in an Arizona hospital, you may have experienced the nation’s nursing and hospital staff shortage firsthand. Maybe you had to wait more than you should have for a nurse to respond to your call, or perhaps you received a misdiagnosis or the wrong medication because the staff at the hospital had more on its plate than it could realistically handle. At the Law Office of JoJene E. Mills, P.C., we understand the dangers that arise when there are not enough staff members available to cater to patient needs, and we have helped many patients who suffered hardship as a result of understaffing seek appropriate recourse.

Do not just assume your provider's hands are clean

While the hospitals and medical centers in Pima and the surrounding areas are looked to as places of healing, you have likely also heard stories of how people have acquired illnesses and infections stemming from visits to such facilities. The clients that we here at The Law Office of Jojene Mills, P.C. have worked with after having dealt with such issues often express surprise that one of the major sources of hospital-acquired infections are not the conditions of such facilities, but the caregivers found therein. You might automatically assume that hand hygiene is not something you have to worry about when dealing with healthcare professionals, yet you may be surprised as how clean the hands treating you truly are. 

Are emergency room delays dangerous?

You have likely visited an Arizona emergency room and seen how busy it was. In emergency rooms, the most critical patients are seen first. However, when there are a lot of patients to be seen, sometimes even serious situations do not get the attention they require. This can lead to problems and even become a dangerous situation. 

Knowing your risk of hospital-acquired infections

Most doctors, nurses and other staffmembers in Arizona hospitals do their best to ensure that your health is the number one priority when you are a patient, but mistakes and negligence can lead to injuries, disease and even death. Hospital-acquired infections are more common than they should be and are often simply prevented by sufficient disinfecting and sterilizing. We at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills have outlined the factors that can increase your chances of developing this type of infection.

Reviewing other examples of hospital negligence

As a patient, or as the relative of someone who is being treated in a medical facility, you expect hospital staff to do their best to prevent things from going wrong. Sadly, hospital negligence occurs far too often and causes a variety of hardships for victims, from physical pain and mental trauma to injuries and even the loss of life. At the Law Office of JoJene Mills, P.C., we know how devastating these cases can be for entire families in Pima, and in cities throughout the state of Arizona. Moreover, we firmly believe that victims of hospital negligence deserve a voice.