Hospital Is In Turmoil In Texas
We want to go outside of our typical coverage area today to bring you a story of a Houston hospital because it shows that there are times when we may not realize we are in jeopardy of being harmed by medical professionals. In this case, it took investigations by news outlets for many errors to come to light.
The president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is out of a job after reports have uncovered an unusual number of deaths and complication in heart transplant and heart surgery patients. He was not the only one to lose a job. The hospital also fired its chief nursing officer and a top physician.
While the reports document a systemic problem at the facility, the firings happened after a more recent ER mistake in which a patient who received a blood transfusion was actually given the wrong blood type. The patient died as a result.
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Many people are still shocked to learn that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. We know that, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins, an average of 250,000 lose their lives each year due to the mistakes of healthcare professionals. Some estimates are much higher than that. Consider this – those are just the deaths. Millions more survive medical mistakes and must live with the often debilitating consequences.
We know that many of these errors happen in the following ways:
- Mistakes are made when diagnosing patients. These, again according to Johns Hopkins researchers, are the most devasting errors to patients. They can lead to delayed treatment of major illnesses.
- Medical errors happen all too often. They can happen both inside and outside of a hospital and include not giving the correct medication, giving the wrong dosage, or not giving a patient their medication at all. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacist technicians all shoulder blame with these errors.
- Around one in 30 hospital patients in the hospital acquires an infection each day in the hospital and they are often caused due to a medical professional’s failure to follow protocol.
- Surgical mistakes are the most feared medical mistakes of all. They can lead to major and permanent problems for patients.
What You Can Do
When the people who we trust to make us better actually do the opposite because they made a mistake, it can leave you wondering what to do. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medical error, call the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde today.
Dottie Hyde has experience in this area of law and will work tirelessly on your behalf. The most important thing for you to do is focus on healing and being with family. Let Dottie work on recovering compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering damages, and punitive damages. When you need a medical malpractice attorney in Dallas, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.