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Patient poll evaluates medical mistakes

Despite an understandable desire to trust wholeheartedly in the care provided by doctors, nurses and other medical providers, Washington State residents know that they need to be proactive about their health care. This means they have to be aware of the fact that mistakes can and do happen. A poll conducted of patients by a group at the University of Chicago took a look at just what people have been experiencing in terms of medical errors today.

2 types of errors that occur in emergency rooms

The Seattle area is home to some of the finest hospitals in the country. Many residents and tourists go to the emergency rooms when they are suffering from serious ailments and life-threatening injuries. The professionals they must rely on for treatment are the ones that might cause them further harm. 

Study highlights lack of error reporting

If you are like most people in Washington State, you want to believe that those you look to for health care for yourself or a family member will always have the patient's and family's best interest at heart. In most cases, this is likely true but there are times when it may not be the case. A lack of putting the patient first may be evidenced in a number of ways and one of these is not just about making a mistake.

The danger of healthcare-acquired infections

Anyone who has ever been in a hospital in Washington State whether as a patient or a visitor of a patient should hopefully have been aware of measures taken by the staff to maintain a clean and sterile environment. Unfortunately, too many people nationwide develop infections from unsanitary conditions in a hospital. In fact, Becker's Hospital Review indicates that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state as many as one out of every 25 people admitted to a hospital will contract such an infection.

Is your case grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit?

When Washington residents leave themselves in the care of medical professionals, they are putting both their trust and lives into those people's hands. Miracle Pruzan & Pruzan is here for the unfortunate cases in which mistakes are made, or when negligence has led to painful, damaging, and debilitating issues.

What are pain and suffering damages?

If you are a Washington resident who was injured in an accident or as the result of medical or other malpractice, you may be thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your injuries. As FindLaw explains, in Washington you can recover not only your economic damages, but also your noneconomic damages for pain and suffering.

Study shows gap in pediatric care error reporting

If your child is in or has ever been in a hospital in Washington State and you have noticed a potential problem or error made by a doctor, nurse or other staff member, you might think that if you report it, your report will automatically be documented in the hospital's records. While this theoretically makes sense, the results of a study published earlier this year indicate that this is not necessarily the case all of the time.

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.

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.