Types of Hospital Negligence
When you are ill or injured and admitted to the hospital, you expect them to stabilize and monitor your condition for hopeful improvement. The last thing you likely expect is for hospital staff members to act negligently and cause you additional injuries or complications. However, many patients require an extended stay, incur additional costs, or even face life-threatening conditions because of hospital negligence.
Doctors and nurses are only human, and they can make mistakes. When a mistake falls below the required medical standard of care, it can constitute medical negligence, which is also commonly referred to as medical malpractice. The following are some examples of hospital negligence and resulting injuries.
Inadequate sterilization – Sterilization is key in all medical settings, especially when there are ill people staying in the hospital. A failure to properly sterilize equipment, hands, or other instruments can result in hospital-acquired infections, also known as HAIs or nosocomial infections. Such infections can be deadly, especially if a patient already has a compromised immune system.
Medication errors – Staff members administer hundreds – if not thousands – of pills per day, as well as give medication through IV drips or shots. If staff do not keep careful records or pay close attention, they can give a patient a double dose, miss a dose, or administer the wrong type of medication to the wrong patient.
Inadequate supervision or assistance – Many patients need assistance every time they rise from their beds, including going to the restroom. If staff members fail to supervise or assist patients as needed, they can fall or otherwise injure themselves.
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