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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.

Lauded Seattle neurosurgeon steps down amid complaints

A prominent Washington neurosurgeon linked to the death of a young spinal surgery patient was also the subject of 49 internal complaints from coworkers at the Cherry Hill campus of Swedish Medical Center Seattle. Per OregonLive.com, the surgeon, who has since resigned, faced allegations by coworkers who were concerned with the quality of care he provided his patients and the frequency with which he performed surgeries.

What are the most common causes of nursing home injuries?

If you have a loved one in a Washington nursing home, then you may be concerned about possible neglect or abuse. In order to be able to recognize such situations, you need to understand the common causes of injuries in nursing homes. According to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org, there are some injuries that are accidental in nature, which commonly includes those due to slips, falls and trips.

The common problem of cancer misdiagnosis

While most people in Washington trust their doctor’s diagnosis, a second opinion might be a good idea for those who have been told that they may have cancer. Recent studies have shed light on the frequency of misdiagnosis in certain types of cancer and they may be much higher than previously believed. ABC News reports on the growing problem of cancer misdiagnosis.

Medical malpractice statistics

In the United States, most people who are sick or injured put their trust in the medical world for physical recovery. Some of the most vulnerable people in society, the very young, weak, sick or elderly, are dependent on doctors and nurses for their survival. However, even in hospitals and doctors' offices, there is a chance of misdiagnosis or other medical error. According to the Washington state insurance commissioner, over $64 million was paid to victims of medical malpractice in that state alone. While that amount was lower than the previous year for Washington, the trend of medical errors is increasing, rather than decreasing, across the country.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in U.S.

It is common to hear about how smoking-related diseases, cancer and auto accidents are leading causes of death in Washington and the country. However, people may not realize there is another danger lurking that does not receive as much attention, and it's been a problem for quite some time. The reality, as reported by the Washington Post, is that the third leading cause of death, above accidents, is medical errors. This includes anything from surgical errors to diagnostic mistakes.

Taking a look at surgical errors

When patients prepare for operations, they may face a number of challenges, from anxiety over the procedure to preparing for surgery. Unfortunately, some patients in Seattle and across Washington may experience a surgical error. When a surgical error occurs, the patient may suffer from a worsened condition or deal with a tremendous amount of pain. Sadly, some of these errors prove fatal and leave families with permanent emotional pain.

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