Research and analysis conducted by CRICO Strategies, which insures all Harvard medical institutions and their affiliates, has shown that miscommunication is a leading cause of medical malpractice claims.
Influenza season is here, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has arrived with a vengeance. The CDC’s influenza-like-illness (ILI) surveillance tracks cases of the flu, and it has rated 19 states with a “high” level of flu activity—and one of them is Georgia.
When you put yourself under the care of medical providers, you are putting your health and possibly your life in their hands. If the doctor treating you is impaired—whether due to alcohol, drugs, or mental illness—it is the ultimate betrayal of your trust.
When you are admitted to a hospital, you expect that the treatment you receive there will improve your health. But all too often, this is not the case.
Entrusting your health to a medical facility and its staff is, essentially, entering into a contract—a contract wherein the hospital pledges to treat you with a professional standard of care. If the hospital and its staff are negligent, and you suffer injury, then they have broken their contract with you and can be held liable for medical malpractice.
While the term “nightmare superbug” may seem melodramatic, it is how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) described the danger of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreading throughout the country. Right now, most resistant pathogens are not exceedingly dangerous in and of themselves, but they have the ability to spread resistance to other bacteria and viruses that can be far more deadly.
Surgery is intended to cure patients, or alleviate their suffering. Unfortunately, there are incidences where negligence on the part of a medical professional or a hospital can cause a patient’s condition to worsen. One of the ways this can happen is when the site where the procedure was performed becomes infected.
Imagine having cosmetic surgery, then, to your surprise, seeing footage of that surgery broadcast on YouTube—without your consent. What’s worse, the doctor performing the surgery is dancing and rapping at the same time.
Does this sound like a pitch for a bad sitcom? Well, it isn’t.
When someone undergoes surgery, he is putting his life and his health in the hands of a surgical team. Though we should be able to trust these medical professionals to take the utmost care throughout the procedure, if they fail to do so and a patient suffers injury, they can be held accountable.
For medical professionals, following rules and guidelines can mean saving lives and giving people hope. It is unfortunately also true that cutting corners can result in traumatic circumstances.
Medical students take their first steps as interns each July, by beginning work at teaching hospitals all across the country. As with many other cities, Atlanta, Georgia, has a number of these institutions. Interns at teaching hospitals have very little experience in diagnosing and treating the illnesses and injuries of their new patients. This has become the basis of a long-standing joke among professionals in the medical field. “Don’t get sick in July,” you may hear a seasoned doctor say in good humor, but are there serious threats to patients being treated by inexperienced medical interns?
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