When someone is injured or ill and requires full-time medical attention in a hospital, it is expected that they will be well cared for. However, there are many cases where patients are actually harmed further instead of being properly cared for. Inattention, neglect, abuse and general poor care can result additional injuries for these patients and a medical malpractice lawsuits for the hospitals.
Inpatient Hospital Injuries
Many injuries that happen while patients are under a hospital’s care are due to staff that has poor training or work ethics. While there can be a bad seed in any work place, a hospital has taken responsibility for a patient’s well-being while in their care. Properly training and supervising their staff is part of that responsibility.
Nurses, aides and orderlies that are negligent in caring for patients are often the cause of injuries. Some common injuries that can occur are:
- Injuries from patient being dropped when moved or transferred
- Allowing patients to succumb to pressure or bed sores
- Injuries from drawing blood
- Giving the wrong medication or dosage
- Crashing wheelchair patients carelessly into door jams and walls
Fall Prevention For Hospital Patients
One of the most prevalent injuries sustained while in the hospital is a fall injury. Patients are often weak, disorientated and on medications while staying in a hospital and may have trouble walking or even standing on their own. According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, 30% of hospital falls end in injury. In the foundations conservative estimate there are half a million inpatient falls each year resulting in at least 150,000 injuries. Some of the injuries are very serious, representing between 4-7.5% of all falls and can include:
- Crushing injuries
- Subdural hematoma
- Excessive bleeding
Hospital staff should be prepared to assist those who are at risk for falls. Although the elderly are at highest risk for falls, with 58% of falls happening with those 70 years old or older, 25% of falls happen in people 50 or under. Hospital staff should be aware of new medications that may affect a patient, have assistance devices available and be attentive to any patient that may need help getting in and out of bed or walking.
Poor Hospital Management
Some hospitals are teeming with negligence from top to bottom. Poorly run hospitals allow for many errors and mistakes to happen that are easily prevented that can cause both injury and illness.
- Poor cleanliness and hygiene of facility and staff
- Understaffed patient care
- Medication errors from inattentive admissions, pharmacy or nursing staff
- Broken or outdated equipment
- Surgical errors due to poor communication of patient identity or procedure
- Safety issues regarding protecting patients from harm
We Stand Up For Patient’s Rights! Chicago Hospital Malpractice Attorneys
Hospitals should be the safest place a patient can be when they are ill or injured, not a place where they are further harmed. If you have been injured or believe a loved one was injured due to negligence of a hospital, we want you to call us. Medical negligence is not always easy to prove but we believe that someone must stand up for the rights of patients to receive proper care when hospitalized. We will investigate your claim; just call and set up a free consultation to tell us about your injury or an injury or death of a family member due to hospital negligence.
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