When we get ill, we rely on medical professionals to help diagnose and treat us. In most cases, this means a treatment plan that involves a medication. These are prescribed based on the diagnostic findings of the medical professional. However, if diagnostic errors are made, this could result in the wrong prescription or the wrong dose being prescribed. This ultimately could result in a medication error and harm caused to a patient.
Many people in Arizona may be familiar with the troubling issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the context of overprescribing antibiotics for illnesses that do not necessitate them, such as viruses. However, what they may not realize is that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be spread when physicians, surgeons and nurses make mistakes taking off their gowns and gloves.
No one likes getting sick or injured. Yet, we are lucky that trained medical professionals can treat our ailments, so that we can regain our health. Of course, how we treat diseases varies based on the type and severity of disease, but with today's advancements in medicine, most people in Arizona rely on their doctors, nurses and surgeons to provide them with the quality care they expect.
One key part of patient care at hospitals are rounds. Rounds are daily meetings the medical professionals involved in a patient's have to discuss treatment and care. Traditionally, rounds have largely been done away from patients and their families. However, a recent study suggests that bringing patients and their families into the rounds process may be able to help with patient safety.
It is only natural for anyone in Arizona to experience anxiety before surgery. What steps can one take to avoid being a victim of medical malpractice? Assuming care was taken in choosing the best surgeon, the patient is entitled to ask questions about the scheduled procedure. He or she has the right to know the exact nature of the planned surgery; taking notes, recording the conversation or taking a friend along to make sure all is clear before signing a letter of consent might be a good idea.
For most people in Arizona, it is likely unthinkable to be the victim of wrong-site surgery. A medical malpractice claim was filed in a civil court in another state by a woman whose healthy kidney was wrongfully removed. Court documents indicate that this happened despite a memo detailing the required surgery received by the surgeon on the day before the scheduled operation.
When someone in Arizona consults with a doctor about an unfamiliar or unidentified medical condition, he or she will naturally expect to be diagnosed and informed of the treatment options. However, if the treatment does not improve the condition, it becomes unclear whether the doctor failed to diagnose the problem, or missed the cause of the illness altogether. This may be important to know if the patient decides to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Victims of professional negligence by a health care provider in Arizona may have questions about their legal rights. Medical malpractice is a complicated field of the law, which offers the opportunity to recover damages for harm or injury. It typically involves substandard treatment that leads to a medical mistake involving negligence, including the failure to act when circumstances warrant action.
In the medical profession, doctors and other health care providers are held to a standard of care when they treat patients. If for example, a patient files a medical malpractice lawsuit for delayed or incorrect diagnosis, this standard would serve as a measuring tool to determine whether the physician failed to consider health conditions that might have led to a different diagnosis. In Arizona, the burden of proof in these types of civil claims is on the plaintiff.
Surgical procedures to bring about weight loss such as lap-band surgery, gastric bypass and other methods of restricting food intake could be risky. If things do not go as planned, the patient will have many aspects of the treatment to consider to determine whether a medical malpractice claim is a viable option. Standards to which surgeons in this field are held are the same in Arizona as in all other states.