It's logical to assume that thousands of people will enter various hospitals throughout Kentucky during the new year. You might be one of them. Perhaps you have already scheduled some outpatient procedure or are preparing for a much more serious surgery that will require an extended hospital stay. Either way, whatever the reason you plan to seek treatment in a hospital, you want to stay as safe as possible so you don't come away in a worse condition than you were in when you entered.
The problem is there's often little to nothing you can do to control other people's behavior, and when that includes the actions of any doctor, nurse, practitioner, physician assistant or other medical staff member, your overall health and well-being is at risk of a care provider is negligent. In fact, beyond your immediate health condition, your very life may be in danger. Knowing ahead of time who can help if a problem arises can help you quickly access support when needed.
Preventable situations that often cause injuries to hospital patients
If you go into the hospital fully aware that many people in Kentucky and throughout the nation suffer injuries due to medical malpractice, you may keep your eyes peeled for potential problems in order to stay as safe as possible. The following list contains many common preventable medical mistakes that can cause you to suffer injury in a hospital:
- Your pre-existing status may be relevant to your care in a hospital. For instance, if you're someone who is prone to falling for some reason, your care providers can help you stay safer if they are aware of this. However, many medical staff members fail to ask appropriate questions to properly assess patient condition upon arrival. Many people suffer injuries in hospitals due to falls. Many falls are later determined to have been entirely preventable.
- If a care provider instructs you to take an antibiotic, you'll do yourself a big favor if you ask for more details, including further explanation as to why you need the medication. Concerning antibiotics, the key words you're looking for are bacterial infection because antibiotics are useless against viruses and can even lead to development of super bugs that are antibiotic-resistant when doctors needlessly prescribe them and patients overuse or misuse them.
- Other medication errors that can cause you injury or illness include nurses administering wrong medications, doctors prescribing wrong medications and adverse drug interactions due to medical error. If you take a proactive stance to protect yourself by making sure each care provider with whom you come into contact knows what medicines you're currently taking and asking questions regarding any concerns you might have, you may be able to avoid injury. In fact, you just might save your own life.
- It's crucial that you get out of bed and get as much exercise as you can according to your condition in a hospital. If possible, you should take small walks at least two or three times a day. Nursing negligence often leads to patients suffering severe bedsores or other bodily injury due to substandard care.
If hospital officials send you home too soon, this issue also places you at risk for injury. The bottom line is that when it comes to staying in a hospital for any length of time, you are your own best advocate. Ask questions, make sure you are satisfied with the answers, and bring any concerning matter to the proper officials' attention.
When things do go wrong and injury results, many Kentucky medical patients seek support from experienced medical malpractice attorneys to seek legal accountability against those deemed responsible.