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How you can know that a hospital prioritizes patient safety

Patient safety is no new issue when it comes to hospitals and health care facilities. In fact, you have probably heard some stories in recent months where patients were injured or even killed as the result of medical mishaps that are oftentimes preventable. At Elk & Elk, we have helped many people in Washington to learn more about their role in protecting their wellbeing in a health care facility setting. 

Common anesthesia errors that you should be aware of

Your upcoming surgery is going to require you to receive anesthesia to facilitate the progress of your treatment. While you may not think twice about your upcoming procedure, it is important that you are aware of common anesthesia errors so you can protect your wellbeing. At Elk & Elk, we have helped many medical patients in Washington to become better educated in understanding their role in preventing medical malpractice from happening to them. 

Gauging a nursing home's ability to provide committed care

For many Washington families who have aging loved ones, the idea of putting their family member into a nursing home is often met with a lot of thought and anxiety. In many cases, people are looking for a facility that demonstrates a high standard of caring for each of their patients in a manner that is equivalent to the treatment they would receive at home. While a majority of places are dedicated to their patients' comfort, there are also the ones that should be avoided. 

Sepsis is often preventable

Any time a Washington resident has a wound, there is a risk of infection. When that wound is the result of surgery, some may believe that the controlled nature of the environment and the aftercare eliminates that risk. However, even these precautions cannot prevent all risk of infection, and any infection can lead to serious problems. 

Understanding misdiagnosis and how you can prevent it

When you are feeling uncomfortable or experiencing suspicious pain, one of the first things you usually do is contact your doctor. As a patient, you rely heavily on your medical provider's ability to diagnose your symptoms and recommend a treatment option that will give you the best chance at regaining full health. At Elk & Elk, we have helped many people in Washington to become more educated about the danger of being misdiagnosed.

How can you protect your elderly loved one in a nursing home?

When you make the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home facility in Washington, chances are you spend considerable time weighing your options and comparing facilities to determine an optimal fit for your loved one and his or her needs. However, it can still be difficult to trust staff members to provide compassionate and vigilant care for someone you are so concerned about. Fortunately, there are proactive things you can do to check on your loved one's safety without getting in the way or exhausting your resources. 

When can adverse medication events be prevented?

You need to undergo a procedure in a Washington hospital, but the idea of anesthesia makes you nervous. Should you be concerned? Patients Safety & Quality Healthcare reports that, according to one study, your chances of a medication mistake during pre-operative procedures is about one in 20. That same study indicated that there may be medication errors or bad reactions to drugs during about half of all surgeries.

Prematurely discharging patients is illegal, but common

Regardless of circumstances, a person who is suffering from a serious medical condition or injury should be able to visit an emergency department in a Washington hospital and expect to be examined and treated. In fact, according to The National Law Review, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act was designed to hold hospitals accountable and prevent them from discharging patients without the care they need.

Proving medical malpractice in Washington

Washington residents who have suffered an injury or become sicker as the result of their health care provider’s negligence often sue their doctor and/or hospital for medical malpractice. Section 4.16.350 of the Revised Code of Washington says that such a suit must be brought within three years after the alleged negligent act occurred or within one year after the date the injured patient knew or should have known that his or her health care provider’s act or omission caused the injury, whichever occurs later. However, all medical malpractice lawsuits must be brought within eight years of the alleged act or omission, although some specific exceptions apply to this rule.

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