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Statistics regarding health care and patient harm

A person who seeks medical care is likely expecting adequate care for whatever condition he or she has. While many people get the care they need and are soon on their way, others are harmed by the very system that should help them. The statistics surrounding some of these issues are harrowing.

Many clinicians don't feel comfortable speaking up about problems they see. Some can't get others to listen to them. In fact, 58 percent of clinicians reported feeling those things. Some statistics go much deeper. Doctors, which accounted for 84 percent of those surveyed, often observe colleagues taking dangerous shortcuts. Moreover, 88 percent of doctors say they work with people who have poor clinical judgment. Despite those shocking statistics, not even 10 percent of nurses, doctors and clinical staff confront colleagues directly about the issues noted.

What should Kentucky moms know about cephalopelvic disproportion?

When a woman goes to the hospital in labor, chances are good that she isn't expecting to have to have a Cesarean section. For some women, including some in Kentucky, a failure to progress during labor end up requiring her to have a C-section. One reason that is sometimes blamed for the failure to progress is cephalopelvic disproportion. This term means that the baby's head is larger than the pelvis.

How common is CPD?

What problems do Kentucky women face with multiple gestations?

When a woman finds out she is expecting a child, elation is usually one of the most common feelings. There are some instances in which finding out about the pregnancy is only one of the shocks she will receive. Some women find out that they are expecting more than one baby when they go in for an ultrasound. That discovery brings the pregnancy into a new category. A multiple pregnancy is considered a high-risk pregnancy. Our Kentucky readers might be interested in learning a little about what that designation means.

Why are multiple pregnancies considered high risk?

A warning about antipsychotic medication issues in nursing homes

Making the decision to go into a nursing home isn't an easy choice for some people. For some people, the fear of losing freedoms and being placed medications is one reason why going into a nursing home is difficult. While some people might think those fears are unreasonable, they are actually very valid fears. Our Kentucky readers might find some of this information intriguing.

Antipsychotic drugs are being given to almost 300,000 nursing home residents. These drugs are approved to treat mental illnesses that are considered serious. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are two of the mental illnesses that might require antipsychotic drugs. Sadly, some nursing homes are using these drugs to combat aggression and anxiety that is often caused by dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Medical negligence can lead to problems for Kentucky residents

If you remember, last week we discussed the story of the hospital employee who was being accused of hospital negligence. That story brings up a very interesting point. There is no place in any hospital for medical negligence. In that story last week, the victim of the negligence was a veteran. That victim could have been anyone. With that in mind, it is vital for those who are in the hospital to ensure they aren't falling victim to this type of problem.

We know that you can't stop certain things from happening. Even if you try to monitor what happens when you are in the hospital, you can't always ensure everything is going according to medically accepted standards. As a patient or a patient's family member, your focus is on ensuring comfort.

Employee accused of hospital negligence

Hospital employees need to be extremely conscientious, because they literally have the fate of other people's health in their hands. If they are negligent, patients suffer health consequences that can adversely affect the rest of their lives or even result in the deaths. When that happens, the hospital where the negligence happened can be legally liable in addition to the employee directly responsible. One case in which a hospital employee was viewed as negligent happened recently, and it did lead to the patient's death. It is currently under investigation.

The patient, 62, was a veteran of the United States army. He was supposed to be receiving outpatient care by an employee of a local Veterans Affairs hospital. However, earlier this year, the patient was found dead in his home.

Medication issues for people with Lewy body dementia

We have discussed a variety of nursing home abuse scenarios. Most often, we have discussed instances of falls and other similar issues. Those issues, however, aren't the only ones that residents of nursing homes have to deal with. Our Kentucky readers might find the instance of medication errors in certain patients in nursing homes interesting.

Patients with Lewy body dementia are in a unique position when it comes to what medications they can take. In some cases, patients who are given specific medications might suffer from very serious adverse effects of those medications. It is important that medical professionals who work with patients with Lewy body dementia understand these points.

Anesthesia medication errors can lead to complications

In our blog post last week, we discussed the death of Joan Rivers. Her daughter Melissa has sent out a message that her mother's death wasn't acceptable. Melissa filed a civil lawsuit for wrongful death. That might have some of our readers wanting to know more about anesthesia. Some points about general anesthesia might shock our Kentucky readers.

One point that some people don't realize about anesthesia is that when you are put to sleep under general anesthesia, your brain won't respond to the pain stimuli that occurs during the surgery. That's why you don't feel pain. One issue that comes up with the administration of anesthesia is that your breathing has to be controlled and assisted. This requires the medical team to be focused as they care for you. They have to closely monitor your bodily functions. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.

Melissa Rivers sues over medical negligence in mother's death

Last year, the country received a shock when it was made public that Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital and wasn't doing well at all. As the days passed, more and more information was made public about this tragic case. In the most recent update about this story, Melissa Rivers has decided to seek compensation for the wrongful death of her mother through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our Kentucky readers might be interested in recapping the case and learning about why Melissa Rivers made this choice.

Rivers said that her mother deserved better than the care she received while in the care of Yorkville Endoscopy. While under sedation for a routine endoscopy, the comedienne stopped breathing. The lawsuit against the medical center claims the staff took selfies with the comedienne, performed unauthorized procedures on her and didn't act in an appropriate manner when her vital signs deteriorated.

Failure to diagnose conditions can be devastating

With how technology in the medical field has improved over the years, conditions that were once thought to be fatal and some that were thought to lead to misery can now be treated. The key to treating some of those conditions is early diagnosis so the treatment can start before the condition spreads or worsens. Our Kentucky neighbors can probably imagine how awful it would be to have a condition that isn't diagnosed quickly.

The sad reality is that conditions like cancer, appendicitis, heart attacks, and strokes can be fatal if they aren't treated right away. Even if treatment is only delayed slightly, the results can be devastating. As you can imagine, the results of not getting treatment at all can be even worse.