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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hip replacements have long been the medical treatment of choice for people suffering from a variety of hip problems. However, if you underwent a pre-2014 hip replacement in Arizona, you should know that your metal-on-metal hip could be highly hazardous to your health.
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.
Few things are more nerve-wracking than undergoing surgery. In fact, many people choose Arizona doctors only after reviewing performance records and qualifications.
Going under anesthesia is a serious concern for many patients across Arizona, and if you are among them, you may find yourself preoccupied with all the “what ifs” that could potentially happen because of your anesthesia treatment. At the Law Office of Jojene E Mills, P.C., we recognize that serious, and in some cases, potentially life-threatening situations can arise because physicians make anesthesia errors, and we have helped many patients who suffered injury because of a medical provider’s negligence or mistake pursue appropriate recourse.
If you visit the hospital, the last thing you would expect is to be escorted off the premises while you are disoriented and have no way to contact anyone for a ride home. Sadly, this is a common occurrence for patients in Arizona and across the country, despite it being an uncompassionate, dangerous and even illegal act.