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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
If you have a loved one in an Arizona nursing home, it is very important that you watch closely for signs of abuse. Since elderly patients must rely on their caregivers and sometimes have limited contact with the outside world, it can be easy for abuse to go unnoticed. We at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills are committed to making sure your loved one is protected. We have provided this guide to detail some of the signs of abuse that can be difficult to spot.
As someone in need of medical care in Arizona, you are literally putting your life into the hands of the people working at your hospital. While these institutions and people work hard to help those in need, there are unfortunately some cases in which they might be doing more harm than good.