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What is healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease?

You may already know that you can contract a secondary infection if you go to the hospital. There are many germs in healthcare settings that may find their way to you, despite your medical team’s efforts to disinfect your surroundings and protect you. Some hospital-related illnesses, such as staphylococcus bacteria infections, can be serious. You and other Arizona residents may also want to learn about Legionnaires’ disease.

What are bedsores?

When you undergo a procedure at an Arizona hospital, you may worry more about the surgery than the care you will receive afterward. If you do not receive proper care, though, you may sustain bedsores after your surgery.

No A grades given to Pima County hospitals

When you step into a hospital, you may want to know whether the institution has been given an A, B, C or D grade when it comes to healthcare safety, negligence and medical errors. This may affect which hospital you visit or whether you drive a further distance to go to an institution that has a higher grade.

Medication errors in the hospital

People who live in Arizona and must seek medical care or treatment at a hospital should be able to feel that they will receive good and safe care while there. Unfortunately, a hospital can actually be the very place where a person is injured when a medical error happens. Mistakes involving medications are one type of error that patients should be aware of.

The dangers of electronic health records

In this day and age of booming technology, electronic health care records in the medical field are standard. Patients who are seen by primary care physicians, have surgical procedures performed or have screenings ordered by a specialist, have their records recorded in a database that can be easily shared between medical professionals. Although this technology would seem to break the barriers of medical miscommunication and decrease the rate of medical errors, this may not be true.

Medication errors by nurses

Doctors are not the only healthcare providers who make medical mistakes. Nurses in Arizona and around the country are often a patient's primary caretaker during the course of a hospital or nursing home stay, and medication errors are common. These mistakes can lead to serious issues, and healthcare facilities should work on improving systems to reduce these types of errors.

Will your surgeon tell you (s)he made an error?

When you undergo a surgical procedure at an Arizona hospital, you put your life in the hands of your surgeon and the other operating room doctors, nurses and ancillary personnel. You expect all of them to possess the necessary skill and experience to operate on you and make you better. The last thing you expect is for one of them, particularly your surgeon, to make a mistake that could result in your injury or death.

Can miscommunication lead to medical mistakes?

As in any industry in the United States, communication is critical. Yet, when peoples’ lives are at stake, communication takes on even more importance. When you go to see a medical professional, you may be given a diagnosis, require a surgical procedure, need to have labs taken or need a prescription for medication to treat your condition. Your medical information may be traveling between physicians, surgeons, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists and other medical professionals. During each transfer, there is room for error, and a simple misinterpretation or miscommunication can lead to an error that could leave you significantly harmed or cause death.