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Preventing medical negligence with personal attentiveness

Medical negligence is far more common than many people realize and can rob unsuspecting victims of health, confidence and overall quality of life. For people who are preparing to visit a doctor in Iowa, being extra vigilant about their treatment can be the difference between mediocre and high-quality care.

The sad history of dangerous medical products targeting women

The manufacturers of new drugs and medical devices have produced some frightening products over the years. Products aimed at female consumers have a particularly troubling history of being shoddy, ineffective and dangerous. Our firm, Galligan Reid, recently published a SlideShare outlining the problem, including the potential for more deadly products going forward.

Safeguarding a mother's health during and after childbirth

For many years now, hospitals and public health experts have focused attention on the problem of infant mortality. Infant mortality is often used as a benchmark for the quality of health care provided by a hospital, across a state or throughout a nation. Decades of effort have led to significant progress in the area of infant mortality. The U.S. currently enjoys its lowest rate on record. All the effort to protect and nurture infants through childbirth should not have come at the expense of the mothers delivering them, but there is troubling evidence that it has.

Avoiding deadly hospital-acquired infections

There are a number of reasons so many people dread going to the hospital. In addition to the likelihood of pain and embarrassment, hospitals are places where lots of sick people congregate. That means they are prime locations to spread bacteria and germs. Some people avoid medical care for the fear of succumbing to new illnesses encountered at the hospital. While it is not a good idea to delay or avoid needed medical treatment, the fear of getting sick because of a hospital visit is valid.

New side effects for already approved drugs

For some, the list of side effects for a particular drug may be alarming. Others might take comfort from the feeling that the drug has been thoroughly tested to reveal its potential dangers. One of the main reasons those side effects are listed is so that patients and their doctors can keep an eye out for adverse reactions associated with a medication. Unfortunately, many new drugs are approved without a comprehensive understanding of side effects, even deadly ones. According to a recent study, 32 percent of the prescription drugs approved by the FDA from 2001 to 2010 did not warn patients of all the potential side effects.

What are some common doctor errors?

Errors made by doctors are a concern for anyone in an Iowa hospital. Humans make mistakes, and doctors are human, so you have to expect issues will occur from time to time. Unfortunately, medical errors are an all too common occurrence. The best way to protect yourself is to be aware of common errors and take steps to protect against them.

Nursing home residents with brain injuries need specialized care

Placing a loved one in an Iowa nursing home is never easy, but it can prove even more difficult and time-consuming if your loved one has special needs relating to a brain injury. You may have made the difficult decision to relocate your loved one because you believed a specialized facility would be better able to handle your loved one’s needs, but not all care facilities have the tools and ability to do so. At Galligan Reid PC, we assist clients whose loved ones are not receiving the standard of care they expect, and we have a firm understanding of how insufficient care can lead to physical and emotional hardship.

How do medication errors occur?

Millions of people across the United States depend on medication to control their conditions and treat their illnesses. You may visit the local pharmacy on a regular basis or even have your prescriptions delivered to your door through a mail-order service. When you receive your prescription, you assume that you have been given the right medication for the condition, in the right dose that will be effective. You may assume that the doctor and pharmacist have checked the medication to ensure you are not allergic to it, and that you will experience minimal side effects from the drug. Although these medical professionals are some of the most trusted in the nation, they are human and are prone to error. Medication errors may be more common than you think.

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