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Technology can be a double-edged sword in some hospitals

Technology dominates most aspects of modern American life. It plays significant roles in commerce, communications, entertainment, science, the arts and healthcare. Many U.S. hospitals, including most of those in Maryland, now routinely use high-tech medical devices and equipment to be more competitive and more efficient and to provide quality medical services to patients. However, some of these devices are not entirely without dangers, and some can injure or kill patients when used incorrectly of when they fail.

How Maryland is bringing down hospital negligence statewide

Patients everywhere, including Maryland, expect that if they undergo a surgical or medical procedure, their health condition, illness or injury will improve. Regardless of a patient's condition, the top priority of all medical professionals is to ensure the patient is safe and never suffers harm while in their care. In keeping with the policy that the patient comes first and that hospital negligence should never happen, Maryland has come up with a system to help health-care facilities cut down errors.

Medication errors, mistakes underreported by Maryland hospitals

When it comes to medical mistakes, full disclosure is crucial. Patients should understand why the mistake occurred, what they are facing and how the hospital will address the situation. However, the disclosure does not end there; state health officials should also be aware of which incidents occurred so that they can properly grasp the severity of the situation and know how to proceed with corrective measures. According to experts, it is difficult to gauge the medical situation in Maryland since hospitals are allegedly underreporting incidents.

Communication to blame for many medication errors

One of the leading causes of preventable patient harm involves medication error. These mishaps can be caused by any number of mistakes including administering the wrong dose and prescribing the wrong meds. Because the consequences of medication errors can be serious, Maryland patients should be aware of their legal rights in the event they are harmed by these incidences.

Medication error leaves 72 year old in wheel chair for life

Medication errors can have serious consequences. According to the Mayo Clinic, medication errors are one of the leading causes of preventable medical mistakes in the U.S., injuring more than 1 million people each year. While it may sound insignificant, mistakes administering and prescribing medication can actually have life-threatening consequences. Maryland readers may find the following blog on hospital negligence and medication errors interesting.

Pharmaceuticals and the dangers of medical malpractice

Maryland readers know how dangerous medical errors are. From unexpected complications during surgery to infections and misdiagnosis, every year hundreds of thousands of Americans die from medical mistakes. In fact, according to a recent report published in The Washington Times, statistically medical errors, such as doctor errors, medication errors and hospital negligence are the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Medication errors kill 7,000 patients each year in the U.S.

Mistakes happen, but not every mistake should happen. That is why we have procedures. From courts to hospitals, procedures are used to limit some of the more common mistakes that can happen when left to our own devices. In the case of medicine, procedures are particularly important. This is the case not because physicians are more likely to err than other human beings, but because the consequences are so much more serious.

Failures in supervision can leave hospital liable for errors

Medical mistakes can have serious, life-threatening consequences, which is why patients expect hospitals to properly supervise and monitor the actions of their medical personnel. If someone is injured because of a preventable act of medical negligence due to failures in supervision, the hospital may be legally liable for damages. Maryland residents who have been the victims of hospital negligence should keep reading.

Hospital negligence is leading cause of medication errors

While medication errors may not sound very serious, mistakes in prescribing, dispensing or administering medications can result in serious, even life-threatening injuries for Maryland residents. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic more than one million patients are injured every year due to medication errors. Furthermore, a new study from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recently found that hospital negligence may be a leading cause.

Medication errors more common than people think

The United States is a county in love with its medication. While there is nothing implicitly wrong with medication, the concern for some observers are the side effects, and the very real possibility of over medication. What is additionally concerning is how often medication errors occur in the United States. Maryland readers might find the following blog on medical negligence, medication errors and medical malpractice interesting, if not a little frightening.

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