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Hospital Negligence Archives

Holding physicians responsible for inadequate pain relief

Responsible doctors face a dilemma when they have a patient suffering from serious pain following surgery or due to a serious injury or illness. They have an obligation to minimize the pain. In fact, two decades ago, the American Pain Society declared pain control one of the basic rights that patients have.

Malnutrition can be a serious problem for hospital patients

Many hospitalized patients don't have much of an appetite because they aren't feeling well or they're in pain from an injury or surgery. They're not moving much, so they aren't working up an appetite. Those factors, coupled with less-than-appealing hospital food, can cause them not to eat enough.

What is elopement?

Unless you have a loved one with dementia, you may think that "elopement" refers to running off to Vegas to get married. Elopement is also the word used when people (usually those with a cognitive impairment) wander away from home -- whether it's their own home or a nursing home or assisted living facility.

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.

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.

Did your doctor discharge you too quickly?

Doctors face pressure from multiple sides to get patients discharged quickly from hospitals. The HMOs striving to cut costs to the bone, the hospital administrators seeking to free up beds and the patients themselves and their family members who want them back at home.

3 tips to see your doctor sooner than the average wait time

Average wait times, when looking for a doctor, can be enormous. In a lot of places, you could wait longer than two weeks - when stats from 15 large cities were combined, the average came in at 18.5 days. It can be even longer to see a specialist, with some people waiting about a month and a half.

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