Hospitals, while good-intentioned, often pose serious risks to patients. Surgeries can go wrong, conditions can go undiagnosed and incorrect medications can be prescribed. But the dangers do not stop there. After an operation, for example, neglected patients can develop bed sores. A UCLA study has shown just how dangerous these sores can be, and Miami residents should take note.
Miami patients put a great deal of trust in the doctors, nurses and hospitals that treat them. If a condition is diagnosed, a patient believes that the diagnosis is accurate. If a surgery is performed, patients believe it is necessary. Likewise, when medication is prescribed, patients expect that they will not be harmed. Unfortunately, when the wrong medication is given to a patient, complications can arise. For this reason, the findings of a Johns Hopkins University study carry great importance and should not be taken lightly.
Many times, Miami doctors tell patients to take several precautions prior to having an operation. These measures could include changing diet, abstaining from liquids and stopping medication. Since most patients do not know what steps need to be taken prior to surgery, they rely on doctors to inform them. When this information is not conveyed, serious injury or death can occur. These instances of medical malpractice are traumatizing, as is evidenced by one family's loss of a wife and mother.
In writing about medical malpractice, in previous blog posts we noted the high incidence of safety issues for Florida hospital patients. Sadly, the problem is not limited to Florida. Indeed, all over the world there are concerns about medical standards of care in hospitals, ranging from failure to appropriately supervise a patient and medication errors to birth injuries and surgical mistakes. It seems that almost daily we read of another incident involving malpractice in our medical institutions.