Articles Posted in Hospital & Nurse Negligence

Image result for hospital sterilizationWhen stroke patients acquire an infection in the hospital during the course of their treatment, they may suffer a higher risk of complications after discharge from the facility.

According to the findings of a new study that were published recently in the journal Stroke, when stroke patients suffer an infection like pneumonia or sepsis in the hospital, it increases their risk of readmission by as much as 20 percent. The researchers analysed hospital readmission rates for 319,000 patients who had suffered an ischemic stroke, and found that as many as 20 percent of patients who were readmitted had suffered a hospital infection during their stay.  When the researchers looked at the risk of specific infections, they found that common infections like urinary tract infections were linked to a 10 percent higher risk of readmission.

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Image result for burned outWorkplace fatigue and burnout is a problem affecting American doctors, and according to a new study, as many as half of all doctors in the country are experiencing symptoms of fatigue that actually increase their risk of medical errors.

The poll was conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, and focused on nearly 6,700 physicians. More than 10% of the doctors in the survey admitted to committing at least one major medical mistake in the three months before the survey. The researchers were also able to confirm that physicians who suffered from symptoms of burnout and fatigue were much more likely to commit serious medical errors.

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Erb’s Palsy is one of the most common birth injury-related disorders, impacting as many as one or two out of every 1,000 births in the United States. The condition affects the muscles in the shoulder and upper arm, and may result in some degree of paralysis and loss of motion in the area.

Erb’s Palsy typically occurs as a result of a birth injury during delivery. The good news is that in approximately 80% of the cases, the impact of the condition may be minimized by a treatment program that includes immobilization of the arm, and physical therapy. Surgery may sometimes be recommended when there has been nerve damage as a result of the injury.  However, in order for the treatment program to be effective, it is important for the injury to be diagnosed as quickly as possible. A diagnosis made within 4 weeks after birth can help minimize the impact of the injury.

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cerebral palsy, brain injuryApproximately 750,000 people in the United States live with cerebral palsy. Even so, there a lot of misinformation about this condition. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, read on to learn what you can do.

Unfortunately, there is no complete, permanent cure for cerebral palsy.  However, that does not mean that there are no prospects for improvement of the child’s symptoms, or better management of his disabilities. In fact, when therapy and other forms of treatment begin early, you have a greater chance of success in improving the child’s quality of life.

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Image result for hospital patient dischargeFar too many patients every year get themselves discharged from the hospital earlier than the doctor recommends. This is a common practice, but one that may have serious consequences for the patient.

The findings come as the result of a review which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently and finds that such voluntary, early discharges by patients are very common. Certain patients are much more likely to get themselves discharged from the hospital early, in the face of the doctor’s advice. Male patients, for instance, are much more likely to get an early discharge, compared to female patients. Younger patients, according to the data, seem to be much more likely to leave the hospital early.

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stethescope-300x200Nurses, who are fatigued, tired or stressed may be incapable of delivering the kind of quality care that they are required to provide, and may be at a high risk of making mistakes that lead to injury, or even worse, death of a patient.

A combination of factors continues to keep nurses stressed and overworked. Staffing shortages at many hospitals stipulate that nurses work much harder than they are required to, or advised to, and often the consequences are disastrous for patient safety. Besides staffing shortages, hospitals endanger patient safety when they require nurses to work for longer hours than required.

Unfortunately, both of these conditions are far too common in many hospitals, with the result that nurses are frequently stressed and fatigued, and incapable of performing at their best. In fact, several studies have indicated that nurse fatigue not only leads to a higher risk of nursing errors, but also leads to dissatisfied nurses. Nurses who are dissatisfied suffer from low motivation levels, and that can definitely impact the quality of their work. This situation is dangerous, because nurses are at the frontier of providing care for patients, and any mistakes they make can severely impact patient safety.  Additionally, nurses who are stressed or overworked may also suffer from early burnout. This can cause extreme lethargy, frustration, depression and disinterest, all of which are anathema to patient safety.

room-928653_640Medical Malpractice claims are always complicated, time consuming, and technical. A medical claim is rarely cut and dry. Hundreds of pages of medical records and complex levels of medical care must be reviewed and analyzed to fully understand the facts of the claim. Many people are involved in a patient’s hospital care; from the nurses on the floor to the doctors in surgery. Technicians, therapists, orderlies, and licensed medical professionals interact with the patient each hour. Pharmacists and physicians balance overwhelming caseloads. Nurses are overworked and struggle to accurately chart every moment of the patient’s care.  

In this fast paced environment, with competing demands, it is often difficult to determine who is ultimately responsible for medical malpractice that occurs in a hospital setting. In fact, more often than not, more than one party may be liable in a medical malpractice claim. Our office often discovers that the error is a result of a series of mishaps rather than a single care provider making critical errors resulting in injury.

To ensure that your claim is fully understood and accurately filed, it is important to identify all liable parties in your claim by discussing the facts of the case with an attorney. A medical error which occurs as a result of negligence by an employee of the hospital, it might be possible to bring a medical malpractice claim against the hospital and its agents.

Hospital sterilzeSome of the best practices currently in use for the sterilization of hospital rooms may not work as well as intended. A new study finds that more research is needed in order to develop the best guidelines and practices to sterilize hospital rooms and in the process, and in the process, reduce the risk of serious infections.

The study was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  The researchers reviewed 80 studies dealing with hospital infection control.  They found that many of these studies did not have a patient-centered approach to understanding whether the practices that they recommended worked well to help patients avoid infections. Most interestingly, there is very little data on the effectiveness of the techniques that were suggested or outcomes that benefit patients.

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happy%20nurses.jpgNurse well-being is paramount to patient safety. Hospitals that invest in medical error prevention strategies, infection control measures, and of other measures to reduce the risk of injuries to patients, would also do well to invest in the well-being of their nursing staff as well.

According to new data, nurse well-being has a significant impact on patient outcomes in the hospital. The study was conducted by a team at Kaiser Permanente. The researchers were specifically looking at whether nurses were much better off and had better feedback about their work environment at Kaiser hospitals and Magnet status hospitals, which invest in nursing well-being.

The researchers asked nurses questions about a number of issues, including their level of satisfaction with their work environment, education levels, job satisfaction and the number of patients that they typically attended to in a single day.
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VANC.jpgIt is one of the deadliest hospital-acquired infections that you can contract in a hospital. However, researchers recently announced that they have found the potentially fatal, hospital-acquired C. diff infections can be prevented.

According to the researchers’ report, they have discovered a new way to combat potentially deadly C. diff infections. The infection is caused by the Clostridium difficile bug, and is a fairly common infection throughout many Indiana hospitals. Make no mistake, these are deadly infections, and the fatality rate linked to these infections is very high. However, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, these infections can be thwarted by using more friendly and healthy versions of the same pathogen.
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