Many Miami residents take their prescribed medication without much thought as to what they are ingesting. This trust in doctors and nurses derives from society's expectation that medical professionals are properly trained to diagnose conditions and treat them accordingly. Unfortunately, this ideal is not reality. Medication errors happen all too often, and the results can be fatal.
Nursing homes exist to take care of the elderly whose families are unable to do so themselves. These institutions are therefore expected to be safe, with patients receiving attention and supervision. Sadly, lapses in these duties of care occur. When nursing home neglect happens, victims can receive serious injuries. One such incident in Clermont is under investigation, and Miami residents should take note.
Medication is a vital part of our country's healthcare system. It can lessen the symptoms of medical conditions, relieve pain, and even fully heal some ailments. Yet, as helpful as medication can be, a wrong medication or dosage can be deadly. These medication errors are all too common and completely preventable. One recent incidence highlights the tragic realities of these medical missteps.
When a medical condition forces an individual to undergo surgery, anxiety can run high. These fears stem from something going wrong during the operation or a failure to remedy the situation that called for surgery in the first place. These fears are well founded. A recently released study shows that more than 4,000 preventable surgical errors occur every year. When one is victimized by a surgical error like these, she can be left with serious injuries or death.
Individuals in Miami and others elsewhere who make a trip to the emergency room feel that they have a serious condition that needs immediate attention. Doctors and other medical professionals should take each patient's situation seriously, as if it is life threatening. Unfortunately, a hospital mistake can occur that places the patient's life in danger. Medical malpractice in these situations can leave patients and their families physically and emotionally devastated.