Most people worry that hospital errors will occur during their stay. However, many do not realize that patients also have a good chance of being forced to return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to complications or problems related to the patient's stay. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine states that about 20 percent of Medicare patients return to the hospital within a month of their discharges due to medication errors, lingering infections, and misunderstandings about continuing care. Being readmitted for people can be quite expensive, depending on their health care coverage. Patients themselves often have to pay $1,000 out of a total bill of an average of nearly $15,000, but people whose plans have higher deductibles often end up owing more than that.
While a 45-year old woman's cardiac bypass surgery appeared to be a success, hospital officials did not anticipate a post-op error that was to be made just a few hours after the surgery took place. An evening nurse administered anesthesia called Propofol, and the patient soon after died of a cardiac arrest.
An Ohio pharmacist is awaiting appeal for having her license permanently suspended. It appears that there were a number of irregularities concerning her practice which the court labeled "technical violations." Nevertheless, the violations were deemed serious enough to raise concerns that she was administering medications safely.
The allegations contained in Medicare data concerning patient safety at a variety of so-called "teaching hospitals" is now the center of contention. One of the teaching hospitals singled out in the data is located in Ohio. The data concludes that overall "teaching hospitals" do poorly when it comes to hospital mistakes and patient safety.
We've written before that the number one preventive measure to medical malpractice and hospital mistakes in our Ohio and Kentucky hospitals is communication. Such communication can be between doctors and nurses, anesthetists and surgeons, hospital staff and administrators and, particularly, medical providers and their patients before, during and after care have taken place.
An Ohio woman noticed a large knot on her right breast and went to the hospital to get it checked out. The original diagnosis was fibrous cyst. Sometime later, the next diagnosis was an infection. Finally, after some delay, an ultrasound and mammogram diagnosed the problem as stage III breast cancer. This misdiagnosis and/or failure to diagnose did not cause such a delay that the cancer became untreatable, but other women in similar circumstances have not been that fortunate.
One of the reasons that birth injuries often result in multi-million dollar settlements in Kentucky, Ohio or any other part of the nation is because the consequences of such injuries usually last a lifetime. And as occasionally will occur both the mother and the child can be injured at the same time.
A wrongful death action was filed in northern Virginia recently, the result of a medical malpractice claim against a Cleveland, Ohio doctor licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. A Fredericks County family accuses the doctor of failure to diagnose and other medical mistakes arising from his treatment of a patient at Winchester Medical Center on June 3. The patient died from heart surgery complications after the doctor was said to have failed to diagnose the patient's condition and also failed to follow medically acceptable procedures under the circumstances.