We have previously discussed how critical education is to ensuring patient safety. When patients take ownership of their care and stay as informed as possible, they put themselves in a better position to receive the expert treatment that they deserve.
Studies confirm again and again that proper communication between patients and their healthcare providers is a crucial element of maintaining patient safety. However, communication between healthcare providers themselves is equally critical. When medical staff fails to communicate adequately, mistakes are made, patients are put in harm's way and medical malpractice can result.
Last week we wrote about a potential conflict of interest regarding how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assesses the safety of pharmaceutical drugs. The controversial drug in question was Yasmin (Yaz), a popular birth control pill that has been shown to put patients at an increased risk of suffering potentially fatal blood clots.
When men and women enter hospitals in Ohio, they are often apprehensive. They may be concerned that their procedures will fail or that their prognosis will not improve. They may even be concerned that their healthcare providers will make a mistake worthy of a medical malpractice suit.
Yaz and Yasmin are two names for one of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceutical's top selling products. The drug manufacturer sold $1.6 billion worth of the popular contraceptive last year.
While some women choose to give birth without any pain medication, epidurals are given to many expectant mothers who understandably crave relief from the pain of delivery. However, a new study has determined that women who develop a fever after receiving an epidural may unintentionally transfer health risks to their newborns.
Patients cannot always choose when they will be admitted to the hospital. Emergencies occur and babies are born every day of the week. Unfortunately, a recent study has determined that those patients who are admitted on the weekends are less likely to survive their hospital stay than those who are admitted mid week.
Fans of "Grey's Anatomy" are familiar with the idea of peer review among physicians. When particularly significant or error-ridden patient cases come across a doctor's radar, he or she may volunteer or be asked to submit the case for review. The doctor then recalls the case and any mistakes made during patient treatment with a room full of peers.
There are times at which business practices are so egregious and injure so many residents that states themselves file suit against corporations for causing harm within their borders. While it did not occur here in Ohio, a recent lawsuit could certainly impact Ohio residents, because the defendant is one of America's largest manufacturers of health products.