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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.

Patient precautions may lower the risk of doctor errors

Mistakes are made in any profession, but when a person in Washington suffers a doctor error, the results can be devastating. It is not that far-fetched for people to think they may fall victim to medical malpractice. Forbes magazine reports that medical negligence is in the top three causes of death for Americans. 

Never event reporting may reduce facility incidents

Seeking medical care in Washington should result in an improved health condition. However, as The Joint Commission points out, it has been a long-acknowledged fact that sometimes, medical mistakes happen, and patients get worse instead of better. These adverse events are preventable, and should never happen. Over two decades ago, the organization developed a policy with the intent of assisting hospitals to overcome safety hazards that led to serious "never" events. 

What you should know about falls in hospitals

There are many circumstances that may cause a patient in a Washington hospital to fall, and the result is often serious injuries. In fact, according to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, 30 to 35 percent of the hundreds of thousands of people who fall in hospitals each year sustain serious injuries, including brain injuries and broken bones. The average cost for the extended hospital stay after a fall is over $14,000.

What leads to a misdiagnosis?

If you have ever suffered from the misdiagnosis of an illness or medical condition, then you can understand how important it is to get to the bottom of what leads to such a mistake in Washington.  There are many different factors that contribute to a wrong diagnosis, but in general, it usually comes down to human error. Health Grades notes the issues that could lead to a doctor making a diagnosis error.

What is wrong-site surgery?

Imagine that you need surgery on your right foot. You go to the Washington hospital, get checked in and go through the process of getting to the operating room. You count backwards from 100 and drift to sleep. The next thing you know, you are waking up. You look down to see your left foot is bandaged up and your right foot looks the same as it did earlier. Something went wrong. Your surgeon operated on the wrong foot. This is what Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence define as a wrong-site surgery

The prevalence of medical misdiagnosis

Many people in Seattle and across Washington visit emergency rooms and outpatient clinics seeking a medical diagnosis and treatment from healthcare professionals. People trust these knowledgeable professionals to help them in their time of medical need. However, what people do not consider is the fact that physicians, nurses and surgeons work long hours in chaotic environments, and as a result, may give patients the wrong diagnosis regarding their medical conditions.

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