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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.

Can #TheatreCapChallenge save lives in the U.S.?

When you undergo a procedure in a Washington hospital, you may not be able to tell which person in the room is your surgeon, which is an aide or nurse, and which person will be taking care of anesthesia. The scrubs, caps and masks hide everything but the eyes of these relatively unfamiliar people. Perhaps alarmingly, the team performing the procedure might not know who is who, either.

Patient overdoses, anesthesiologist charged with murder

Because doctors are required to complete rigorous educational requirements and participate in extensive on-the-job training before commencing a career, many Washington people place a high level of trust in their health care provider. However, there are times when doctors are at risk of making critical errors, which can result from exhaustion, carelessness or lack of communication among other things. In serious cases, their mistakes can result in the sudden and alarming death or injury of their patients. 

A closer look at the causes of falls in nursing homes

For many Washington families, the process of finding and selecting a nursing home for their elderly loved ones is not a decision taken lightly. Rather, many families spend significant time, thought and resources to find a perfect fit and a facility where their loved one will be treated compassionately with access to quality care. However, in many unfortunate instances throughout the nation each year, elderly people are subjected to abuse and neglect at the hands of trusted caregivers. 

How are reported medication side effects handled?

When you get a prescription in Washington, you probably get an informational pamphlet or printout with it that explains the possible side effects, along with the proper use of the medication. The information on the side effects is something drafted by the medicine's manufacturer and other agencies that monitor medications to ensure users know about the risks. Even though a lot of time and effort goes into identifying what adverse things could happen when you take a medication, there are still chances you may have a reaction that has not yet been seen.

Becoming familiar with deadly medical errors

For many Washington residents who are seeking medical care, the risks of their health care provider making a critical error is not the first thing that crosses their mind. However, medical mistakes are becoming increasingly common and are far more serious than many people realize. Seemingly minute missteps can have a profound effect on a person's quality of life and in serious incidents they can be fatal. 

Hospitals can reduce rates of health care-associated infection

People expect to check into a Washington hospital to receive treatment. They probably do not expect a lengthy stay due to an infection acquired while they were there. These hospital-acquired infections are a serious problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, statistics indicate that about one patient out of every 25 develops an HAI each day.

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