When you go to the hospital, you must have trust. You trust that the doctors, nurses, and other staff members will not only help you get better but keep you safe while doing it. Unfortunately, well-meaning doctors and nurses can make mistakes that could injure or even kill the patient.
Personal injuries in hospitals occur more often than people realize, with many cases going unreported. Long hours, stressful situations, fast-paced emergencies, understaffing, and under-trained personnel contribute to the reported cases of hospital injuries over the past decade.
According to the Center for Patient Safety, medication-related injuries top the list, with care-related injuries, hospital-acquired infections, surgical-related injuries, and device-related injuries following, in no particular order.
Prescribing errors rate among the highest personal injuries reported in hospitals. These errors include administering medication to the wrong patient, duplication of medicine, omitted dose, incorrectly timed dosage, drug interactions, and known allergic reactions to medications (allergies on the patient’s file, but medication administered by mistake.)
Dispensing errors are the second-highest injuries reported in hospitals. Dispensing errors include the mislabeling of medications, as well as misplacing drugs in unit-based dispensing systems.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, physical injuries such as falls, bedrail injuries, and bedsores are among the most common care-related hospital injuries. Poor positioning and prolonged positioning of the patient can result in pressure injuries. Restraint injuries and burns are less common but do occur occasionally.
When you go into the hospital, you don’t expect to get sicker than you already are, but sometimes patients will develop infections during their hospital stay. Some of these infections include surgical site infections, bacterial infections, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and vascular catheter-associated infections.
Surgical-related injuries are not as common, but they do still occur. Recorded instances include injuries from surgery on the wrong body part, surgery on the wrong patient, and unintended retention of a foreign object in a patient.
Pressure injuries are the most common forms of device-related injuries that occur in hospitals, according to ANA (American Nurse Today). Securing medical devices too tightly can cause restricted circulation, friction, and shearing.
Contaminated devices, malfunctioning devices, and intravascular air embolism can occur, as well, although not as frequently as pressure injuries.
If you have suffered harm and personal injury by your medical care practitioner either through misdiagnosing your medical needs, negligence, or incorrect treatment, you need to consult an injury attorney to evaluate your case.
You need to contact a trusted personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania. Find someone who listens to you. Look for a firm that will advocate and fight for your rights.
You can rest easy knowing that once you put your case in the competent and capable hands of JPPLAW, you know that they will go above and beyond your expectations. They will fight to win your claim, and all you have to do is focus on your recovery. Don’t wait for another second; call us today for a consultation.