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How much time does your doctor actually spend with you?

Like most people in Upper Marlboro, you likely understand that diagnostic medicine may always involve some degree of uncertainty. Despite the many technological tools available to doctors today, they often cannot visualize exact what is wrong with you. Rather, they rely on such tools, as well as their experience, expertise and the information that you give them to come to a diagnosis. Yet you may be right to question how such elements can be adequately employed in treating you when it seems as though a doctor rarely sits down to communicate with you face-to-face. 

Hospital negligence: where to draw the line?

Hospitals are largely seen as symbols of reviving health, physical or mental recovery and even hope. Yet when statistics begin to show that many hospitals fail to follow correct procedures and patients' wishes, this symbol can transform into one of fear. In Maryland, a number of recent cases have, unfortunately, pointed toward medical malpractice and general hospital negligence. Who, many Maryland natives ask, is to blame, and what can be done about this serious issue?

Never events in Maryland hospitals: part 2

In a recent blog post, we noted that patient safety is sometimes threatened or compromised in Maryland hospitals because of never events. At the law offices of Wilson & Parlett, our team often assists clients who have been harmed by medical mistakes or negligence in health care facilities.

Never events in Maryland hospitals: part 1

There are certain types of incidents that patients should never experience while in a Maryland hospital. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that is why these are called never events, and patient safety experts have determined that these mistakes and the harm they cause are preventable.

What injuries can be caused by epidurals?

Epidurals can be a great relief to mothers who are going through the painful birthing process. Injected by a long syringe into the lower area of the back, the anesthetic essentially numbs the lower part of the body. It is administered through a thin catheter, which allows the medication to flow continuously if needed. At Wilson & Parlett, we understand that although epidurals can be extremely helpful, they can also cause serious injuries if given incorrectly. In some cases, epidurals can cause long-term and potentially permanent injuries that could have a major impact on a person’s life.

Study: Medical errors result in patient death

Americans put a great amount of trust in the healthcare system. Nurses, physicians, pharmacists and other medical professionals are some of the most highly regarded occupations in the nation. Despite their extensive training, experience and knowledge, medical professionals are human and can make mistakes. When they make mistakes, however, the results can be disastrous, even deadly.

How can prescription errors be limited?

The number of prescription error that occur in the United States on a daily basis may be higher than some may think. From physicians, medical assistants and nurses to pharmacists and other health care professionals, errors can occur anywhere during the prescription process. By understanding how prescription mistakes occur, you can look out for errors and may be able to avoid becoming the victim of a prescription error yourself.

False results: Are medical tests really reliable?

When physicians diagnose patients with a condition, they often order a screening test to help them determine whether or not the condition exists. Doctors rely on these tests to provide accurate information, which will ultimately help them provide the right diagnosis to their patients. According to researchers from the National Institutes of Health, however, false positives and false negatives can occur, which may cause doctors to misdiagnose patients or fail to provide a diagnosis at all.  

How can prescription errors threaten lives?

When you take your prescription to the local pharmacy or are given a drug while in the hospital, you expect to be given the correct medication that was accurately prescribed by your physician. Unfortunately, just like any other area of medical practice, errors can occur. Not only can community pharmacies be at fault for filling a prescription incorrectly or dispensing the wrong medication, a physician or medical institution may be responsible for prescribing a medication incorrectly. Nurses may also phone in the prescription wrong, which could have catastrophic results in some cases. A mistake can occur anywhere during the prescribing process.

Misdiagnosis can lead to serious injuries

When patients visit an outpatient clinic or the emergency room in Maryland and across the country, they may expect to receive a thorough examination, diagnosis and a possible treatment plan. In some cases, however, physicians may fail to provide a diagnosis or may misdiagnose patients altogether. This could lead to significant injuries. At Wilson & Parlett, we know that misdiagnosis occurs more often than some people think. This form of medical negligence can be extremely dangerous to patients across all types of health care settings.

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