Hospital patients are often at their most vulnerable. Their fragile health may be tottering on the brink of life and death.
If you had more hours outside of work, what would you do with them? Schedule changes for medical interns have been made various times in the past, with the hope being that the residents would rest while outside of hospital walls. Shorter shifts would mean more rest and less fatigue among medical professionals, right?
We're hearing more and more these days about the rising cost of health care in the United States. These costs include not only payments for insurance and medical treatment patients receive, but the expenses hospitals and clinics incur for purchasing and maintaining the highest-quality equipment. In return, patients and their families expect top-notch care when they visit a medical facility. So when a course of medical treatment goes terribly wrong, it's reasonable to expect some form of compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Patients put their lives in the hands of physicians, expecting that a certain level of care will be provided as they receive treatment and recover from their injury or illness. But when a health care professional or hospital is negligent, the potential impact on a patient's life can be permanent.
Today jurors in a hospital negligence case are continuing their deliberations in the first of over 90 lawsuits filed against the hospital. The lawsuit was filed by an anonymous man who alleges sexual abuse by his physician. He believes that the hospital should have discovered the doctor's activities; over 500 children were subjected to sexual abuse as a result.
The debate: should recording devices be allowed in hospital delivery rooms? Some say yes, they should be allowed because the birth of a child is an incredible moment for proud parents. Some disagree saying that video cameras can be intrusive and in the way as delivery room staff tries to do their job.
When someone goes to the hospital, it is usually because they are suffering from a medical condition that requires attention and care. But sometimes a patient in the hospital suffers harm at the hands of their doctor or nursing staff.