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October 2017 Archives

How can I reduce the chance of an error in the ER?

Even if you are one of the people in Washington lucky enough to be very healthy, there is always the chance that you may need to seek emergent care from time to time. An unexpected illness or condition or even an accident may send you there. In some cases, you may need to accompany a family member or a friend to an emergency room. Just like in other parts of hospitals, mistakes can and do happen in ERs, making it important you find a way to take control of your case when you are there.

Infection leads new parent to become quadraplegic

Expectant parents in Washington State know that there is always some level of risk that a complication may occur during pregnancy, labor or delivery. For people who seek prenatal care and give birth at hospitals or birthing centers, there should be some level of security and a feeling of protection because they have experienced professionals around them during these experiences. Sadly, however, there are times when these professionals fail to properly protect either babies or their mothers.

Discrepancies in care between the rich and poor need to end

While everyone in the United States has the right to access medical care, it's long been a problem that money plays a pivotal role in the kind of care received. Two people with the same conditions may not receive the same care because one can't afford the medical visits while the other pays for extra services to get better, faster care.

Communication in medical errors

If you or a loved one has ever been in the hospital in Washington State, you should expect that when staff shift changes occur, information important for your continued care is passed along from one set of employees to the next. In addition, these notes should be made in your chart for added protection. Sadly, these types of things do not always happen and it is communication gaps just like this that open the door for many potentially dangerous mistakes to be made.