Connecticut residents may find it alarming to learn in this age of cutting edge technology and significant advances in medical care technologies that a recent survey found that healthcare providers, such as nurses, blamed the lack of interoperability between medical devices and electronic health records as one of the reasons for medical mistakes. Nearly 400,000 patients lose their life annually due to a medical mistake, and thousands more suffer serious complications due to those mistakes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that more than 4,700 pedestrian lost their lives in traffic accidents or crashes in 2011. Sadly this statistic became a reality for one Hartford, Connecticut family recently.
Many people walk to and from places every day. No one expects to be involved in a traffic accident. However, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, every seven minutes a pedestrian is injured. Additionally, every two hours a pedestrian is killed.
Connecticut fans of 60 Minutes were likely saddened by the recent news that Bob Simon from the show was killed in a car accident while riding in the back seat of a vehicle. Simon was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. According to a representative with the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center at Hartford Hospital, in car accidents, those who are not wearing a seat belt, particularly those seated in the back or rear seats, tend to become projectiles during a collision, and cause serious injuries not only to themselves but also the belted occupants in the vehicle.
Many people have likely have visited a dentist for a routine cleaning or some other dental health issue. No one expects to suffer a serious or fatal error at the dentist office. In fact, most people may not even categorize dental errors as medical malpractice. But, the reality is that dentist's errors fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice and the same principle of negligence applies.
As most people age, their physical, mental and health faculties decline and they may need help to perform daily activities such as eating, drinking and getting around. Elderly persons are a vulnerable population and sadly many older people are frequently abused, neglected and/or exploited by their caregivers. Their caregiver can be a family member, a friend or someone that the elderly person trusts. Elder abuse can be inflicted by both men and women. Thus, it is important for everyone to know what the signs of elder abuse are.
Accidents can happen suddenly and when one least expects it. If injuries result, one may have a personal injury claim, particularly if said accident occurred due to the mistake or negligence of someone else. Alhough many people think of slip and fall accidents as personal injury cases, in reality, personal injury claims can arise in many other instances, as well, such as vehicular accidents or injuries caused by the usage of a dangerous or defective product, such as a toy or drug. Additionally, workplace injuries that caused not by the employer or a fellow employee, but due to the negligence of some other party, potentially can give rise to personal injury claims.
Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. However, an unintended consequence of having affordable mobile technology at one's fingertips is that people in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may use it to text, search the web, update Facebook, read incoming text messages and more while driving a car. In fact, nearly 71 percent of teens and young adults indicated that they drafted and sent a text message while driving. Additionally, nearly 78 percent stated that they read a text message they had received while driving.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, it is estimated that about 14 percent of Medicare patients experience a medical error. A medical error can happen at any stage of one's healthcare delivery. They can occur at the diagnostic stage, during surgical procedures, when writing or picking up a prescription drug, during the interpretation of lab reports, when ordering lab tests and even during routine common procedures.
In the last century, the field of medicine has made tremendous progress improving lives and dramatically increasing life expectancy. No one doubts that current medicine has overall been beneficial to humankind. Despite all the advances in medicine, however, Connecticut residents probably will not find it surprising to learn that medical errors still happen and can cause families and their loved ones harm. In some cases death may also result.