Hospital infections, or healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a growing problem in facilities throughout the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day, one out of every 25 patients has an HAI. Of even greater concern is that thousands of patients die every year from these infections.
Medical malpractice is considered a major felony in various states across the U.S. Not only are patients susceptible to more injuries but also face the possibilities of permanent damage on different body parts. In most cases, the hospital being sued assumes the role of the defendant in their quest to repair their already damaged reputation. In such a situation, the defendant must enlist the services of a reputable attorney to defend them against a malpractice lawsuit. Failure to have an experienced lawyer by your side can ultimately contribute to the downfall of the hospital.
Last week, the ECRI Institute's Patient Safety Organization (PSO) released its 2017 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. The report addresses these patient safety hazards to help health care organizations prioritize issues and plan for corrective action.
In most cases of alleged malpractice, hospitals and doctors are generally advised to say nothing to the patient or their loved ones. This common approach can be motivated by caution and fear of potential lawsuits.
A federal committee has been studying inconsistencies in newborn screenings across the country. As advisers to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, this committee aims to give public health labs better guidelines for testing newborns for genetic disorders.
Imagine a patient that perceives that he or she is harmed during the course of his or her medical treatment at a hospital. Say the individual in question claims that a doctor or nurse performed a procedure incorrectly. Now -- you may assume that such a case would be specifically targeted at the medical professional. And indeed, that medical professional would be involved. But the medical facility would also be named in the lawsuit, and the hospital itself may have had no liability in such a case.
"Superbugs," or drug-resistant infections, are an increasingly alarming problem in hospitals throughout the country. Not only are they a serious risk to public health, but they often put hospitals at a greater liability risk in patient lawsuits.
Even the world’s cleanest hospitals can face an infectious disease malpractice claim. Drug-resistant bacteria and viruses are causing more infections to long-term patients and people recovering from surgery. These immune compromised patients have a higher chance of infection even if they were not in a hospital. Today, we will take a look at what a hospital malpractice case entails and strategies a hospital can use to help their defense.
Medical complications and fatalities are an unfortunate reality for hospitals. Often times, little can be done to prevent such tragedies from occurring. When it comes to medical errors, however, facilities can take steps to protect themselves, their medical professionals and, most importantly, the lives of their patients.
It is not always the end of the story when an Ohio hospital or medical practice successfully defends itself against a medical malpractice lawsuit. Plaintiffs often appeal when the judge dismisses their claim or when a jury finds there was not enough evidence. Thus, medical professionals and their attorneys sometimes must go back to court to argue that the ruling or verdict was the right one.