When you go to a hospital, you rely on the expertise of the staff to provide high quality care. While physicians may orchestrate the medical care, the nurses and other support staff carry out the physicians’ orders and provide you with assistance throughout your hospital stay.
The hospital is also responsible for the systems, technology and equipment in the hospital that is used by doctors to care for patients. When the hospital provides faulty systems, technology or equipment that causes injuries, the hospital should be held accountable for the unnecessary suffering resulting from those injuries.
Broken Hospital Systems
Every patient deserves to be treated in a clean and well-run hospital. Unfortunately, at some hospitals, the systems are broken resulting in harm to patients. Examples of systematic hospital failures include:
- Giving the wrong medication
- Performing the wrong medical procedure
- Allowing bed sores to develop
- Failing to follow physician orders
- Using outdated or broken equipment (wheelchairs, beds, tables, ect.)
- Failing to timely deliver tests results to physicians.
The negligence of staff members such as nurses and orderlies may also cause injuries. Examples include:
- Dropping patients
- Failing to provide assistance during transfers into and out of bed
- Improperly drawing blood
- Pushing patients in wheelchairs into walls and elevator doors
Patient Falls in Hospitals
One of the biggest safety issues in hospitals is preventing patient falls. Falls account for 84% of all inpatient incidents. 30% of thesehospital falls result in serious injuries. These falls are often the result of hospital negligence including:
- Inadequate assistance devices for the patient
- Not preparing for medication side-effects
- Inattentive or understaffed medical team
Fall victims often have longer stays and larger medical bills. Total medical costs are 60% higher for those who have a fall in the hospital.
Our attorneys help people who have been injured by hospital errors. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
- Evening and weekend appointments
- Home and hospital visits
- No attorneys fees unless you collect