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Numerous red flags lead to ousting of hospital management

Each day, numerous medical patients in Maryland rely on their health care provider to give them the kind of high-quality care that will enable them to have access to a treatment plan that meets their personal needs. However, there are times when for various reasons from poor communication to deliberate ignorance, that doctors are unable to protect their patients. 

What are never events?

Maryland doctors are only human, and just like every other human, they too are susceptible to errors. However, whereas some errors are harmless and the result of a moment of fatigue or a slight oversight, others are so significant that they are often fatal. Many of these errors are the result of negligence, and the healthcare industry dubs many of them "Never Events."

How can we lower healthcare costs?

One of the most debated topics in Maryland these days is the price of healthcare. The costs seem to keep rising, and no matter what lawmakers do, it does not seem to help. Despite claims that there is nothing insurance companies can do to lower costs, there are things that they can do that may help bring down the costs.

Why is healthcare so expensive?

There is no denying that healthcare costs in the U.S. have risen significantly. Many people in Maryland are even without insurance because costs are so high that they cannot afford it. This is the reality across the country as prices continue to skyrocket, but why are prices rising? What is making the costs so high that many people can no longer afford them?

Understanding Erb’s palsy

Here at Wilson & Parlett in Maryland, we understand that as an expectant mom, you become enormously excited whenever you think about the approaching birth of your beautiful new child. We also understand, however, that despite the precautions you take during your pregnancy to ensure your developing baby’s continued health and safety, you cannot control every aspect of your baby’s birth and delivery.

Worried about wrong-site surgery? Protect yourself

When friends or family members check into a Maryland hospital for surgery, they are entrusting their health and well being to the doctors and nurses who will care for them. While they may have concerns, depending on the seriousness of the condition and difficulty of the surgical procedure, they likely feel reassured by the medical staff as they begin preparations. 

What is patient dumping?

Earlier this year, a video taken outside the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore went viral due to the shocking content of a woman being abandoned outside the hospital. A man passing by recorded a young female patient clothed in nothing but a hospital gown and socks being escorted out of the building by what appeared to be security guards. The woman was then left alone at a nearby bus stop in freezing temperatures. Thanks to this viral video, the issue of patient dumping became a national headline.

How do heuristics lead to diagnostic errors?

You see and experience things in your life every day in Upper Marlboro (whether it be at home or at work) that help to shape your opinions. Whether you realize it or not, those opinions help to drive your decision-making. Doctors are much the same. They see countless patients in their particular specialties whose conditions, personalities and behaviors influence how those providers may treat other patients. Their daily treatment methods are also often driven by the popular standards and trends in their respective fields. These general "rules of thumb" could really impact how your doctor views and treats you. The question is should they have any influence at all. 

A surgeon's error, but a patient's medical bill

Doctors are professionals people can trust -- or, that is ideally the case. Nevertheless, countless patients in Maryland are devastated to find that a surgeon made an error during a procedure. Many would like to think these incidents only occur in bizarre situations, but the reality is that they can happen anywhere. What options do patients have in these situations, and how can they go about mending the mental, physical and financial damage done?

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