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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.

Reviewing hand hygiene standards for healthcare workers

You likely enter a hospital or medical center in Seattle with some basic expectations, such as having whomever assists you listen to your concerns and symptoms, and to recieve the highest level of care available. Even if a facility or staff seems unequipped to deliver one those, at the very least you expect that workers are washing their hands. Countless clients come to see us here at Miracle Pruzan and Pruzan after having suffered some sort of hospital-acquired infection, for which poor hand hygiene is often attributed as a cause. This may lead you to wonder just how clean are the hands that are treating you. 

Medical malpractice payouts in Washington

Are you one of the many Washington residents who may have a concern that your doctor or other health care provider may have made a mistake? If so, you are sadly not alone. According to Diederich Healthcare, the state saw almost $69 million paid out in medical malpractice claims in 2014 alone. 

What are some signs of nursing home neglect?

While many nursing homes and assisted living communities in Seattle strive to provide top care to residents, in some cases nursing home abuse or neglect can be a very serious issue. If you have a family currently residing in a nursing, knowing the common signs that neglect or abuse are taking place is crucial. That way you can address the issue head-on and get your loved one the help that he or she needs.