The thought of undergoing a medical procedure can cause apprehension for various reasons. You may fear the surgery itself, the possible reactions to medications, or the potential for adverse effects from anesthesia.
During a hospitalization, you may receive numerous medications for whatever injury or illness you suffer. Since you can't possibly monitor everything the doctors and nurses do, you must rely on them to take the time and care needed to ensure that you don't suffer any serious adverse drug events (ADEs).
Few people like to go to the hospital, and if you've ever been to a hospital either visiting or as a patient, you might have feared that you could get sick just from being there. The sad reality is that you could contract a bacterial or viral infection in a hospital setting, which is supposed to guard against illness. The source of such infections could come from exposure to a patient, unsanitary conditions or unsterile equipment.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University recently published a deeply unsettling report on medical care in the United States. According to the analysis, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.
Multiple safety measures are in place to let doctors and pharmacists know that certain medications should not be mixed. Additionally, patients' medical records often indicate certain drugs that cause allergic reactions.
A well documented problem in the U.S. health care system is that patients are often not told when a medical error occurs, even when the mistake results in injury.
To reduce the risk of harm to patients, hospitals establish medical protocol such as the use of simple checklists and electronic systems for drug prescriptions. However, as a recent study shows, one aspect of hospital protocol that needs serious improvement is the use of medications during surgery.
At Davis & Davis, a major part of our legal practice is representing people who have been injured because of hospital errors. Often these mistakes could have been prevented if doctors, nurses or anesthesiologists had correctly used their medical knowledge or simply followed hospital protocol.
At Davis & Davis, we represent people throughout Texas who have been injured because of medical malpractice, and we'd like to take some time here to highlight a growing concern in the medical field: Wernicke encephalopathy.