Staying Safe in the ICU: Tips and Insights to Make Your ICU Experience Healthier And More Comfortable

Trips to the intensive care unit (ICU) are notoriously nerve-wracking. A single visit to this fast-paced environment could result in a myriad of interventions, few of which you will likely understand. Add the heightened risk of infection and a touch of personal anxiety, and it’s easy to see why this setting is so miserable for so many patients. You’re not doomed to suffer, however. A few simple steps could transform your ICU trip from awful to manageable. Seek Clarification During your time in the ICU, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals may use terms or phrases you find confusing. When…

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Unexpected Emergency Room Dangers

The ER should be a place of refuge, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case in far too many hospitals, where patients are vulnerable to a whole host of surprising hazards. Infection Emergency rooms are breeding grounds for bacteria, making patients with already compromised immune systems that much more vulnerable to infection. A study of long-term care facility residents published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed that five percent of those who visited emergency rooms acquired new infections. Surgical site infections (SSI) are especially common in the ER. While these infections occasionally only prompt mild irritation, some are serious…

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What Happens When an EMT Makes a Medical Error Or Commits Negligence?

Medical negligence is typically associated with doctors, nurses, and other hospital-based professionals. Often, however, the most devastating acts of negligence occur long before patients reach the emergency room. Like any medical professional deemed responsible for patient suffering, EMTs can be held liable. Unfortunately, patients often struggle to prove negligence, as evidence surrounding EMT activity is often murky, at best. Common Types of EMT Negligence EMT negligence can take many forms. Some errors may prompt immediate damage, while others may impact later treatment efforts among doctors and nurses. Key mistakes include: Delays in arrival prompted by dispatch errors. Failure to check…

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A Basic Checklist For Getting the Attention You Need in the Emergency Room

While TV shows make emergency room scenarios seem fast-paced, real-life visits to the ER may involve a surprising amount of waiting. Between wait times and slow treatments, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the average patient spends a full two hours in the emergency room. During that time, many patients feel all but invisible. Doctors may be too rushed and too frenzied to respond appropriately to their concerns. This is no time to give up, however. The following tips will help you gain the attention you so desperately need at this critical time: Don’t Minimize…

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What are Common Medical Mistakes in Emergency Rooms?

Emergency rooms are one of the most important pillars of our nation’s health care infrastructure. In fact, more than 100 million people are treated in US emergency rooms each year. While emergency rooms are a critical aspect of our national health care system, they are also facilities that may be rife with medical errors. Common medical mistakes in emergency rooms include but are not limited to: Diagnostic errors. You could receive an incorrect diagnosis in an emergency room. These medical facilities may be overloaded with patients and understaffed. As a result, doctors may not spend as much time with patients….

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