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Wrong medications compromise nursing home residents’ health

Making the move to a nursing home is not one that you and your loved one choose lightly. However, if you are unable to provide round-the-clock care, you may be concerned that dementia or immobility issues may put him or her in danger. When health care providers at the long-term care facility prescribe and administer medications that are unnecessary, your loved one’s life may be at risk. We at Galligan & Reid, P.C., have offered legal counsel to many families who have had to deal with this type of nursing home abuse.

What is traumatic brain injury?

Injuries to the brain are always a serious matter. When your head is struck in some way or something happens externally to produce damage to the brain, it is considered a traumatic brain injury. These injuries can range from mild to severe. You may even have experienced a TBI if you have ever had a concussion. According to Medical News Today, TBIs account for one-third of all deaths related to injuries.

Being misdiagnosed can cause additional problems

If you are going in for a regular checkup or to find out what is causing some worrying health symptoms, you have every right to hope your doctor accurately and quickly discovers anything wrong. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patients in Iowa and elsewhere to be misdiagnosed. At Galligan Reid PC, we are aware of the potentially serious complications that can result from a missed diagnosis. If your doctor does not discover an illness or says you have something other than what you have, you might miss out on timely medication or be given the wrong type of treatment. It goes without saying that the longer you wait on a serious illness, the worse your prognosis and recovery might become.

Hospitals and defective medical devices

When a medical device fails or somehow causes harm to a patient, hospitals are supposed to report the problem to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unfortunately, many hospitals are either unaware of their responsibilities or they are ignoring them. An inspection conducted by the FDA found numerous instances of hospitals failing to report illnesses or injuries tied to defective devices.

Electronic health records may pose a danger to patients

A vendor for electronic health records software released a statement earlier this month concerning potential safety risks posed by its products. The announcement listed the various parties associated with the health care process, including doctors, pharmacies, patients and their family members, and indicated that each needed to play a role in preventing the risks posed by the software. While the announcement is a dubious method of warning the public about the dangers of electronic health records software, the recommendations it lays out can help patients avoid potentially deadly medical mistakes.

Defective medical devices may escape FDA notice

A device used to regulate the temperature of patients undergoing heart surgeries has been tied to numerous infections and a dozen deaths in the U.S. alone. The Food and Drug Administration's slow reaction to the problem demonstrates a gap in the way safety regulators evaluate medical devices for defects. Infections are a well-known problem in hospitals and may be treated as a general or background problem because of their frequency. Medical devices can be defective in ways not connected to the immediate purpose they serve. A device that facilitates an infection is defective, even if it operates in the way it was intended.

Preventing a medication error

As a patient, there are a number of medical professional mistakes you may encounter, such as a doctor's failure to diagnose a serious health condition. However, at Galligan & Reid, we know that medication errors are particularly problematic and have turned many lives upside down in Polk, and across the state of Iowa.

Change the culture of hospitals and save a patient's life

Medicine is both art and science. The "art" part is made up of the experience and training of doctors and medical professional. Sometimes, the judgment and discretion is mistaken or in error and leads to patients suffering some form of medical negligence. It may be an infection or some minor setback that adds a few days on to their recovery. For other, it may be a devastating mistake that leaves them seriously injured or causes their death.

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