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Examining the patient advocate role

For many Pittsburgh residents, the medical field seems larger and doctors are spending less and less time with patients. This can leave patients feeling like they are not getting the care they need, and more importantly, this lack of care may even lead to medical errors. A patient advocate can be a valuable member of a patient's medical team.

Ways for patients to stay safe in the hospital

For many Pittsburgh residents a hospital stay is unavoidable. Patients go into the hospital with the expectation that they will be cared for and their condition will improve. For many patients this is what happens, but there are also patients who wind up in a worsened condition from a doctor error.

A vacuum assisted delivery can be dangerous

The birth of a baby for most Pittsburgh parents-to-be is an exciting event. Many parents opt to take birth classes prior to the baby being born in order to feel like they are prepared for anything. But, even the most well-thought-out birth can run into complications. Most of the time complications are not serious but occasionally a serious birth injury can occur.

Small percentage of doctors are responsible for medical mistakes

When Pittsburgh residents go to the doctor with an illness, they expect their doctor to have answers for them or at least send them to someone who will. Most of the time this is what happens and a patient feels confident in their doctor's decision. But, occasionally a medical error is made that results in the patient suffering from a serious injury, worsened condition, or even death.

Patients want to know if their doctor is on probation

The doctor-patient relationship in Pittsburgh is one where the patient places an enormous amount of trust in their doctor. A patient believes that their doctor will be able to figure out what is wrong with them or be able to refer them to a specialist. Most of the time this is what happens but occasionally a doctor makes a mistake and is subject to medical malpractice or discipline by the state boards.

Hospitalists are held to same standard of care as all doctors

Pittsburgh residents who have spent any time in the hospital lately are probably familiar with a hospitalist. Although these medical professionals are rather new -- in the last 20 years or so -- there are over 44,000 practicing in hospitals across the United States. Patients should know that these doctors are held to the same standard of medical care and can be sued for medical malpractice.

Hospital-acquired infections

Many Pittsburgh patients will need to be hospitalized at least once in their lives. A hospital stay usually means there is a serious medical condition that needs to be monitored. Most hospital stays result in the patient getting better but occasionally errors occur -- like the patient acquiring a serious infection.

Can a hospital be sued for negligent doctors?

When a Pittsburgh resident needs to go to the hospital they generally have a serious medical condition. The doctors who a patient may see in the hospital can be from many different areas. If the patient is a victim of a medical mistake, can they hold the hospital accountable for negligently granting hospital privilege to the doctor who made the mistake in a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Trials to extend working hours under fire as unethical

Many Pittsburgh residents know the amount of work that medical students and residents put in each week. They have been notoriously overworked with limited amount of time off. The combination of inexperience and extended hours that are worked by medical residents can put patients at harm of medical malpractice.

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