Several times a year there are news stories highlighting a celebrity's addiction to prescription pain medication. Whether it is a sports star, a musician, an actor or another type of high-profile celebrity, these issues serve to highlight a larger problem throughout society. Pain medication abuse and addiction can have a devastating impact on an individual's life - leading to death in severe cases.
Since the advent of the personal computer, digital record-keeping has become the norm in nearly every service industry across the nation. The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is now standard operating procedure in hospitals, clinics and urgent care facilities no matter the size of the organization or the complexity of the condition.
In a previous blog, we discussed polypharmacy and how it related to the potential for loss of balance and slip-and-fall accidents. In this blog, we'll discuss the dangers of combining medications and the hazards patients face with this growing trend.
The injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall accident can be dangerous in any setting. From slipping on a wet spot in your corner grocery store to tripping over a section of broken sidewalk, an individual can tear ligaments and break bones. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for individuals to fall while under the care of a physician or emergency room nurse. If you have fallen in a hospital or healthcare facility, can this be considered medical negligence?
One element of surgical errors that seems – on the surface – easy to prevent is the notion of wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient surgeries. Often abbreviated as WSPE, this form of negligence can lead to life-changing medical errors such as the removal of a healthy organ or the amputation of the wrong limb. Various root cause analyses of WSPEs highlight a prominent underlying factor that can prove deadly to thousands of patients each year.
Medical facilities go to great lengths to prevent cross-contamination and ensure their patients can recover in a safe, sterile environment. Medical negligence, however, remains a very real crisis in hospitals in New Jersey and across the nation. Unfortunately, negligence, malpractice and prolonged illnesses can come from truly unexpected sources.
Going under the knife for surgery is a dangerous proposition. People can and do have severe adverse reactions to anesthesia, which can sometimes be fatal. Each human body varies from the next, so the potential exists for severe bleeding due to an unusually placed artery or vein. Any surgery can result in complications, including infections. Then, of course, there's the worst-case scenario, which is that your surgeon can make a mistake while you're in his or her care.
Modern medicine can provide many people with improved health and longer lives. Medications and prescription drugs have a lot to do what that. Certain medications can kill cancer, stave off blood clots or strokes, or control a lifelong viral infection. Others can help you process sugar and fight off bacteria that won't die on its own.
When people think of pregnancy, labor and birth, the images are often ones of familial joy and the triumph of modern medicine. Healthy mothers cradle newborns - exhausted but full of love. Many times, that is the outcome of the labor and delivery process. However, not every expectant mother is that lucky. Not all babies end up being perfectly healthy after birth.
Thousands of people every year end up injured, sickened or killed because of mistakes that happen in hospitals. Many times, the patients and families involved in these dilemmas do not even realize a medical mistake was the cause of their situation. It can be hard for those with limited medical knowledge to determine the cause of an unexpected and negative outcome to medical treatment.