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.
When you check your loved one into a nursing home in Arizona, you trust that the doctors and staff will do their best to provide the ultimate care and protection. Unfortunately, in some cases this is not true. Nursing home abuse is a startling problem that seems to occur in every location and can happen to anyone. Being aware of the types of abuse can make it easier for you to spot it if it happens to someone you love.
Injuries caused by the negligence of hospital staff members can be particularly devastating. The fact is, if you were in the care of a hospital, it is almost certain that you were already suffering from some form of a malady, be it a physical injury or a medical condition. And additional harm caused by the hospital can make your condition that much worse.
We all know how important it is to keep the lines of communication open in our own work lives. It is all too easy for a costly mistake to occur simply because a critical piece of information is not properly distributed among workers or if there is a misunderstanding within the ranks regarding a policy or process. And while effective communication processes are essential in all businesses, they are absolutely critical in the healthcare industry. Specifically, a communication breakdown within a hospital could result in a patient being seriously or even fatally injured.
Being seriously injured is always a traumatic experience. The effects of a physical injury can leave deep emotional wounds, some of which may never fully heal. And the psychological effects can be made even worse if the injury occurred in a place where the victim felt safe and secure. Such events can fill a victim's head with thoughts that no safe quarters exist and threats are looming everywhere.
One would like to believe that medical professionals place the health and well-being of their patients above all other issues. But unfortunately, it appears that this is not always the case. In a previous post on this blog, we covered how difficult it can be for patients to get information about injuries suffered in hospitals. In that post, we described how data pertaining to negligent doctors are withheld from public view.
When you enter a hospital for care, you expect to be given every piece of pertinent information regarding your treatment. By being informed, you have a greater understanding of what to expect during your stay, which can provide you with a sense of empowerment. And hopefully, all will go as planned and your treatment will be successful.
With the passing of time, we all lose our strength and dexterity. Our muscles weaken and our bones become brittle. In short, everyone who lives long enough will one day be physically fragile and in need of assistance. And perhaps you are facing this reality as you have watched one of your loved ones enter a nursing home to receive the care he or she needs. As a resident of an elder care facility, your loved one should be properly monitored, and the environment should be as free of potential hazards as possible.
When entering a hospital or other healthcare facility to receive treatment, we are placing our faith in the doctors and staff. We trust they are capable of giving us the care we need and in most cases, that trust is justified.
The last blog post described a fictional event in which a hospital patient had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic given to her by hospital personnel. The fictional doctor in that scenario followed the prescribed standard of care. He checked the patient's chart, reviewed her history and saw nothing that would indicate this patient would have an allergic reaction. He even questioned the patient himself about possible allergies.