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Precautions against hospital negligence for Maryland patients

When a loved one is admitted into a hospital, some people may worry about the standard of care that their loved one might receive. There may be a number of instances where corrective action can be taken for medical malpractice or hospital negligence, but there are other cases where the consequences of hospital negligence are tragic. Under Maryland law, healthcare providers have a duty to give the best possible care, but some precautions on the part of the patients and family members can also help.

For example, a patient and that patient's family members should always try to ensure that any medical staff that touches the patient must first clean their hands thoroughly. Washing the hands is not only a hygienic practice but also prevents the spread of diseases from one patient to another in the hospital. Another area to understand is the treatment plan. Understanding this plan is important so that patients and family members are able to identify any anomalies, which hospital staff may mistakenly overlook.

If a person is having surgery, it is very important that all doctors who are part of the surgery team are on the same page about the procedure. Having the consensus of all doctors is necessary so that disasters such as wrong-site surgeries can be averted. Research says that it is also a wise move to identify a hospital that has considerable experience in performing that particular type of surgery. In fact, research shows that patients recover better when the surgery is done at a hospital that has adequate doctors and other hospital staff who are experienced with that particular procedure.

For preventing hospital negligence, patients should also report to hospital staff if they have any discomfort so that the staff is aware of all issues. It is also important for patients to have their primary doctor by their side through the entire hospital treatment because family physicians are aware of the patient's medical history, which can be beneficial in the event of a medical emergency.

Source: AHRQ.gov, "20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors," Accessed on March 17, 2015

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