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What are the signs of a bad nursing home?

If you currently have a loved one in a nursing home in Maryland, it’s natural to be concerned about the quality of care the person is receiving. While many facilities strive to put their residents first, others may exhibit signs of nursing home neglect or even abuse. Next Avenue warns families to look for the following red flags so they can act quickly to protect elderly relatives.

Organ donation system lacking oversight

Residents in Maryland might assume that when it comes to the donation and transplantation of human organs, a tightly run and well-supervised system is in place. This would be a logical assumption given the highly critical and life-sensitive nature of the topic. However, it seems that this may not actually be the case. An incident that occurred in early December in the Pacific Northwest sheds some light onto what may be some gaps in the nation's organ donation process.

New film highlights patient risks

People in Maryland who find out that they must undergo a surgical procedure can understandably be nervous about this. In addition to concerns about the problem for which the surgery is recommended, patients today must also contend with the possibility than an error might happen during or after the operation. In recent years, it has come to light that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. This makes it important that patients advocate for themselves, either directly or via an appointed representative.

Nursing facility being sued by parents of 6 children

When families in Maryland entrust professionals with the medical care and treatment of vulnerable individuals, they anticipate that their loved ones will be cared for with compassion. Often, they spend considerable time researching their options to find a facility that is capable of providing the type of committed care they want their loved one to have. 

Lawsuit alleges doctors actions led to singer's suicide

Most in Bowie likely associate medical malpractice with errors committed by a doctor in the course of providing treatment. Suicide cases might be viewed as being completely separate from medical malpractice issues. Yet what about those cases where it is believed the actions of a health care practitioner created the conditions that led to one's suicide? Given a doctor's unique knowledge of clinical science, it might be expected that they would know better than to put an at-risk patient in position of receiving counsel, care or medication whose direct (or indirect effects) could be harmful. 

Poor infection control linked to deadly viral outbreak

A deadly viral outbreak at a nursing facility sounds like the plot of a gothic horror novel, not a contemporary news story that could happen in or near Maryland in the 21st century. Nevertheless, this nightmare scenario for parents is currently playing out at a New Jersey long-term care facility for children with compromised immune systems where 25 children have fallen ill with an adenovirus, nine of whom have died. 

Risks associated with overworked hospital staff

Maryland residents rely on hospital staff for extremely important matters of health. However, hospital staff are human just like anyone else. They can make mistakes like anyone else, too. Unfortunately, the chances of these mistakes happening can be increased by problems in the industry itself.

Understanding informed consent in health care

When a person in Maryland goes to the doctor, they should always know that it is their choice as to what, if any, treatments they undergo or medications they take. As explained by the American Medical Association, except in extreme emergencies, health care is not to be administered to a person without their approval or the approval of an appropriate representative acting on the patient's behalf. This is called informed consent.

Misreading of tests connected to medical errors

Every year, countless residents in Maryland undergo routine screenings as part of their preventive health care and some of these involve tests that must be read by radiologists, such as mammograms. Many other people must have tests conducted to investigate problems they are experiencing. These, too, often require radiologists to read results. The importance of a radiologist properly interpreting test images cannot be overstated.

How can I avoid a medication error?

When it comes to medical mistakes, many people in Maryland might not always think about errors made regarding their prescription medications. Instead things like surgical errors or misdiagnosis come to mind. Yet, the fact remains that errors involving medication can and do happen and they can cause serious injury or even death in some cases. While there may be no way to 100-percent prevent such a problem, there are definitely things you can do to reduce your chance of experiencing this type of medical error.

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