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Patient advocacy group: hospital-posed dangers are myriad

Because people across Texas and throughout the United States have much more media access than was the case in bygone years (both in terms of sources and immediacy), their knowledge level on many subjects is comparatively higher than it used to be.

Take medical safety, for example. Most Americans have always posited faith in medicine and doctors, but universal and blind trust is certainly not as widespread as it used to be. Any person who regularly delves into the news these days knows, for example, that the universe of medicine is far from being a world where due care always reigns and patients only rarely suffer from negligent treatment.

In fact, many diverse studies have focused in recent years on just how dangerous hospital environments can be for patients. Indeed, and although it may seem like somewhat of an ironic twist, the very venues where sick and injured people go to get better often harbor conditions that undermine those expectations.

Cue the ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on improving patient safety. Researchers from that group recently released their second annual list of predominant safety concerns for hospital patients.

According to ECRI, there is a lot of room for in-house improvement, and much for patients and industry reformers to think about when it comes to hospital-related hazards.

Although ECRI's admonitions might be somewhat eye-opening in their particulars, they are, again, unlikely to be deeply surprising to a discerning person who doesn't readily posit infallibility as a given trait within the medical industry.

That is, it is likely not overly shocking to most people to hear that the constant alarms going off in medical facilities tend to burn out nurses, and that those alarms are sometimes inappropriately configured. Moreover, it can't surprise too many people perusing ECRI's "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations" that mistakes are made in electronic health records and that medication errors occur with some frequency. Most discerning readers know that IV lines are occasionally hooked up incorrectly, that medical professionals don't always communicate sufficiently regarding patient handoffs and treatment instructions, and that adequate hygiene practices and sterilization procedures are not always rigidly adhered to.

People make mistakes, with medical professionals hardly being immune from that shortcoming. A natural byproduct of such errors is hospital-based risk, which ECRI's recent list duly points out. Consultation service from the Maloney Attorneys is free. Contact us today to get started.

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