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April 2017 Archives

Understanding never events in surgery

Washington residents are fortunate to have abundant health care facilities engaged in research and innovative treatments at their disposal. However, people should always remain aware that not every treatment, surgery or trip to the doctor will end well. Sadly, medical mistakes can and do happen all too often. When it comes time for a person to be on the operating table, understanding the types of mistakes that may happen is important.

Doctor found to be at fault in delaying baby’s delivery

Access to quality health care is something that almost everyone in Seattle has come to expect. That expectation comes without thought being given to one’s ability to pay. Resources are in place to help even those that are uninsured receive needed medical care. Often that care is offered at community hospitals and health clinics whose primary source of revenue comes not from payments, but rather public funding. Yet simply because the patients at such a facilities may lack the resources to pay does not mean that they should be afforded substandard care.

Are medical errors common in health care?

For many Washington residents like yourself, going into a medical procedure can bring with it feelings of anxiety and stress. Often, these emotions are tied to fear of the unknown, treatment and healing, and your level of pain tolerance. However, should you also be concerned about whether or not your health is in jeopardy at the hands of a professional? While doctors follow rigid protocols to secure each patient’s safety, medical errors are far more common than you may realize, and your awareness can help you take active measures to protect your safety.

Soccer team and staff sued for not noticing player’s concussion

Athletes in Seattle may ultimately be more susceptible to injuries due to the physical nature of what they do. Fortunately, the organizations that they play for (particularly at the collegiate and professional levels) typically employ doctors and other healthcare professionals to evaluate injuries sustained during competition. The hope is that potentially major injuries can be spotted quickly before an athlete can return to action and risk hurting him or herself even further. However, if standard in-game evaluations are never conducted, and the players affected sustain further injuries, one could reasonably make a case for negligence against both the team doctors as well as the organizations involved.