When a doctor makes a mistake, it can result in a serious health problem or even death.

Types of mistakes made in hospitals

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2017 | Wrongful Death |

If you or someone in your family has to go to the hospital in Washington, you will likely have many questions for the doctors and medical staff. When preparing for a hospital visit or even once a visit has already commenced, it is important that you know some of the things you should watch out for. While hospitals are the places that you should be able to count on to help you get well, they can also be the places that make you sick or even kill you.

Psychology Today inidicates that in addition to incorrect or even missed diagnoses, there are many other things that can happen to you in the hospital that may put your health and your life at risk. Hospital-borne infections can happen to people who have had surgeries or who simply have weak immune systems especially since so many germs are floating around a hospital. Watching for signs of potential infections is therefore important as these things can exacerbate other problems easily.

Pressures from insurers sometimes see patients discharged too soon which puts them at risk of not being properly cared for. Delayed action when problems first appear is another problem that can plague hospitals, especially if they are understaffed. Lack of proper communication can lead to gaps in care which may also result in problems for patients. 

If you would like to learn more about the dangers of being in the hospital and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, please feel free to visit the hospital errors page of our Washington medical malpractice website.