A great number of hospital patients are placed on medication during their stay and after they leave. Not surprisingly, Miami patients take these medications without a second thought. And they should not have to second guess their doctor's prescription. Years of training should allow doctors to avoid medication errors. Yet, incidents of prescribing the wrong medicine or defective medications still happen often enough for concern.
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.
Hospitals are meant to take care of individuals from the moment they enter the institution until the moment they leave. This means those who are sick are treated immediately and care does not end the moment a patient is sewn up after surgery. Unfortunately, doctors all too often fail to give their patients the care they deserve. When this hospital negligence occurs, irreparable harm and death can result. A recent lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania shows how serious medical malpractice can be, and why Miami residents should be aware.
Gauze sponges are common in operating rooms. These tools are used to soak up blood so that surgeons are able to see what they are doing. Though sponges may sound like a benefit to a patient, they can easily turn into threatening, even deadly, devices. When sponges are left inside a patient they can pierce organs and disrupt normal body functions. Since a forgotten sponge is a serious error that can occur at every hospital, Miami residents may be interested to know that a new technology has been developed that may help prevent this type of surgical error.
The decision to place an elderly relative into a nursing home is a difficult one to make. An individual must not only consider the costs associated with the care, but must also handle the emotional toll of giving complete control of a loved one's health over to what are, essentially, complete strangers.