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Keeping these ideas in mind may help prevent medication errors

Clear communication is often key to successful care and treatment within the medical industry. Poor communication can have disastrous effects, perhaps resulting in medication errors, surgical mistakes or other potentially serious consequences. Iowa patients may be proactive in their own medical care; however, if a doctor, nurse or other staff member is negligent, there may be little or nothing that can be done to avoid injury.

How Do Bad Professionals Keep Their Licenses?

A professional license is a sign to the public that the person holding the license is competent in his or her field. Members of the public have the right to expect that licenses will be withheld from incompetent people or withdrawn from professionals who show themselves to be unqualified or untrustworthy. Unfortunately, the reality of licensing and license oversight does not necessarily justify much faith.

Some Iowa patients at risk for medication errors more than others

In Iowa and throughout the nation, hundreds of thousands of people (if not more) will undergo some type of medical treatments or procedures this year. Many will have necessary or elective surgeries. Some will go to hospitals or doctors' offices when they're not feeling well and get prescriptions for medicine to help alleviate their symptoms. Whenever medicine is involved, there's always a chance for medication errors to occur.

No two recoveries the same re medical malpractice brain injuries

One can only imagine sitting in an Iowa hospital waiting room while a loved one is having surgery only to later learn something went terribly wrong and the condition of the patient is actually worse than it was prior to the operation. Medical malpractice brain injuries often leave more than just patients' lives devastated. Spouses, parents and adult children who care for injured medical patients often suffer in many ways as well.

Parents said pitocin overdose likely caused child's brain injury

When something goes wrong during childbirth, the aftereffects of the situation may be present for a lifetime. If, for instance, medical negligence results in a newborn infant suffering a traumatic brain injury, the years ahead that an Iowa family may have been greatly looking forward to may be wrought with adversity and challenge instead. This isn't to say such parents would not still find joy and blessing in raising their child; only that the road ahead would be starkly different from the one they'd anticipated.

Unnecessary surgery and medical malpractice

What does an average patient think when their doctor recommends surgery? They likely think that extensive research has proven that surgery is beneficial for patients in their position. They assume that evidence has been gathered and rigorous scientific analysis has been conducted. After all, surgery, even minor surgery, carries serious risks. Would doctors really recommend a risky procedure without proof that it is effective?

Be proactive to prevent medical malpractice medication errors

Any type of medical procedure carries an inherent safety risk. Most Iowa patients understand this when they entrust their personal care to doctors, surgeons, nurses and other medical staff members. Problems, such as medical malpractice medication errors, wrong-site surgeries and other mishaps continue to plague many hospitals and nursing facilities throughout the state.

How to separate the good hospitals from the bad

The process of choosing a hospital when seeking medical care can be haphazard. Many choose the nearest hospital. They may assume all hospitals are created equal, or they may just not know how to tell a good facility from a bad one. There has been an increase in the information prospective patients can find when it comes to hospital quality. More information is not better information, however, if it does not help you choose the best hospital to treat your condition.

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