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Nursing home abuse: There are many questions to answer

It goes without saying that you will do whatever you can to keep a loved one out of a nursing home. However, there are times when you have no choice but to consider this option.

If you need to make this difficult decision, it's important to learn more about the many nursing homes in your area. This will help you choose the one that is best for your family member.

Hospital cleanliness and the patient experience

Hospitals are an important part of the medical industry, specifically for those who are suffering from emergency conditions or difficult illnesses. Millions of people visits hospitals across Ohio each year. The cleanliness of the hospitals is vital to the experience of the patient, especially when it comes to preventing infections.

Even though a visit to the hospital is to help people get better, or recover from an injury, some patients can find themselves in a worse condition than when they arrived. This is most often due to an infection the patient suffers when in the hospital. The infection can lead to serious injury or illness.

Can doctors be held accountable for opioid addiction?

In the last few years, the number of opioid overdose deaths has climbed significantly across our country. Last year, 3050 people in Ohio died as a result of opioid overdose. An incredible 74 percent of those who died in 2015 had a prescription for controlled substance in the past.

Ohio is trying to fight opioid addiction with new guidelines for physicians when it comes to prescribing opiates. Doctors cannot prescribe narcotic pain pills for more than seven days for adult patients and five days for minors. It is estimated that these new guidelines will reduce the amount of pain pills dispensed by 109 million in Ohio each year. The state medical leaders and the governor said that the new guidelines are meant to cut down on short-term pain prescriptions.

Common causes of stillborn babies

Having a stillborn baby is not something most parents ever get over. Learning that your baby was stillborn because of a doctor's error or failure to diagnose pregnancy complications makes it even harder.

There are many known causes of stillbirths, but in about one-third of the cases, the cause of a stillborn birth cannot be identified.

Which medication errors are most dangerous?

There are many ways that a medical care provider can make a mistake with disastrous, or even fatal, consequences. For many patients, what should be a relatively routine treatment can turn dangerous or deadly because of medication errors. Medication errors account for around 1.3 million injuries each year in the United States alone, making it a very real threat to anyone receiving regular or emergency medical care.

The most common type of fatal medication error is administering incorrect dosage. According to studies, incorrect administration accounts for about 40 percent of all fatal medication errors, as opposed to administering the wrong medication entirely, or using the wrong route to administer a drug, which each make up about 15 percent of fatal medication errors, respectively. If you believe that you or someone you love suffered an injury from improper medication administration, you should speak with an attorney.

Removal of the wrong testicle results in malpractice suit

You've probably seen it happen in movies or in television shows. A doctor in surgery realizes, too late, that they've removed the wrong limb. Often, this scenario is used for cheap, physical jokes. It isn't funny at all when it happens in real life. When you have a serious medical issue, you entrust your life and your future to the doctors who provide your medical care.

While mistakes do happen, you trust and believe that the doctor and the hospital have all kinds of redundant checks in place to avoid a serious mistake, like the removal of the wrong limb or organ during surgery.

Woman sues hopsital; claims her leg was amputed due to negligence

In Ohio's neighboring state of West Virginia, a woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Lifepoint Hospitals were negligent in her care, which ended up leading to her amputated leg. Other defendants in the case include two physicians and two physician's assistants.

In April 2015, a woman went to the emergency room at Logan General Hospital complaining of pain in her right foot. She was discharged and saw a physician's assistant at her doctor's office. Her complaints were pain and swelling in her right big toe. The physical exam showed that her toe was swollen and because of the pain, she was unable to move her toe very much. She was told that she would be better in a couple of days. She was diagnosed with gout and was given medication for treatment.

How doctors are negligent by failing to treat a medical condition

When a patient receives treatment for a condition or disease that he or she does not have, the problem becomes twofold. First, the treatment that is not needed could cause harm to the patient. Second, the disease or condition the patient does have is not treated and could worsen.

The most common reason that doctors fail to treat a medical condition is when symptoms that the patient has are ignored or "dismissed." The underlying condition can cause further harm. Here is an example: A man chips a piece of bone off his elbow. The piece of bone ends up causing internal bleeding by puncturing the body's soft internal tissues.

Why do healthy people die after going to emergency rooms?

Roughly 20 percent of the individuals in the United States wind up in the emergency room every year. Research from The British Medical Journal found that the quality of care they receive varies widely depending upon where they go. It could even cost patients their lives.

The lead researcher of the study, who is also a Harvard Medical School assistant professor, said that the larger academic hospitals admitted a greater number of ER patients, while smaller community hospitals tended not to. Unfortunately, it was those patients who had the highest mortality rates in the week following their visits to the ER.

Surgical souvenirs: Not the way you want to remember your surgery

Imagine having a routine hernia surgery. You wake up and assume that all has gone well, and your surgeon assures you that the procedure was a success. Your doctor says that you should expect some pain for a couple weeks but soon you'll be as good as new.

You go home, and yes, you did feel a lot of pain. After a couple days, though, the pain didn't get better, it got worse. Pretty soon, your abdomen is cramping so badly, that you can hardly eat and you're terrified that something may have gone horribly wrong in your surgery. You contact your physician and after a quick exam and x-ray, you notice that your doctor looks concerned and he tells you that you need immediate surgery to investigate the situation. As it turns out, your initial surgery was not a success. Your doctor left a surgical sponge inside your abdomen.

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