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How can New Yorkers protect themselves from medical mistakes?

People in New York, and elsewhere, depend on their medical providers to look out for their health and well-being. Unfortunately, however, medical errors commonly happen, putting patients at risk. In fact, U.S. News & World Report LP, reports that over 200,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical mistakes. However, there are some things that patients can do to help protect themselves.

What are CLASBIs and how can they be prevented?

Unfortunately, doctor errors and substandard care often occur in New York, and elsewhere. In some cases, this leads to serious medical ailments, including the development of central line-associated bloodstream infections, which may cause patients’ conditions to worsen or become deadly. In fact, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLASBIs, result in between 10,426 and 25,145 deaths each year. Despite the serious issue posed by these serious infections, however, there are things that health care providers and patients can do to reduce the occurrence of CLASBIs.

What are surgical never events and how can they affect you?

Like others in New York, you may have, at one point or another, needed surgery to repair internal damage or treat a medical condition, among other reasons. When undergoing such procedures, you, and other patients, put your life and wellbeing in the hands of your medical provider. All too often, however, surgical errors occur that could be prevented.

Premature deliveries may cause birth injuries for New York babies

Sometimes, women may go into labor before the 40th week of their pregnancies. Since babies are often not fully developed until that point, premature births may result in serious short-term and long-term complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that preterm-related causes played a part in 35 percent of all infant deaths in 2010 alone. In order to avoid potentially serious health problems for the infant, it is important that their health care providers take proper steps and precautions to ensure mothers reach full term. Failure to do so could be considered medical malpractice.

Medical errors are a leading cause of death in the U.S.

When checking into a hospital in New York for a routine procedure, most people feel confident that they will recover and experience improved health as a result. Unfortunately, according to CNN, there are numerous studies indicating that 200,000 patients or more are killed by medical mistakes each year. Although this is a relatively small percentage of the millions of procedures performed each year, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Informed consent helps prevent inappropriate medication

The Long Term Care Community Coalition reports that New York laws and regulations specifically require informed consent in nursing homes. We at the Klein Law Group understand that this is one area that can make the difference between life and death for your loved one. If you have power of attorney because your family member is unable to participate in his or her own health care, the facility must have your consent before implementing any treatment plan, including what medications are prescribed and administered.

Why are so many nurses unsatisfied in their jobs?

Regardless of industry, position or pay-scale; every employee wants to feel as though he or she is valued and has the trust of superiors and power to make decisions that positively affect job-related outcomes. When employees who don't feel valued, trusted or empowered; rates of job satisfaction often plummet and may result in a high attrition rate.

U.S. doctors grossly underestimate cancer misdiagnosis rates

Annually, an estimated $700 billion is "wasted in the U.S. medical system...much of which is tied to misdiagnosis," or erroneous or unnecessary treatment linked to misdiagnosis. In many cases, a doctor's misdiagnosis or failure to diagnosis a medical condition or illness results in a patient and his or her family members incurring hundreds to thousands of dollars in medical costs. Additionally, a patient is likely to suffer mental injuries due to stress and, in some instances, serious physical harm and injuries that can result in permanent disability or even death.

How a doctor saying sorry could lead to litigation

When a person says they are sorry, it oftentimes means that they are trying to be empathetic toward the person with whom they are conversing. The phrase shows that the person cares and wants to console the other person or make them feel at least a little better. But the phrase "I'm sorry" has another interpretation and it's one that could leave doctors and medical professionals facing litigation down the road.

Paralyzed mother awarded $35.4M in medical malpractice case

Individuals, who choose to pursue a career in the medical field, must always act with diligence and vigilance to ensure for the health and welfare of patients. Today, the implementation of electronic health records mandate means that doctors and nurses must input vital health and medical information in patients' records to ensure such information can be readily shared and accessed by numerous providers.

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