The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert concerning the use and cleaning of endoscopes in hospitals. The alert follows the deaths of two people who contracted a deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, "Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.
Unfortunately, medical procedures do not always go as planned. However, the mere fact that you experienced unsuccessful results or were misdiagnosed does not necessarily mean that medical malpractice occurred.
One aspect of South Carolina business law that can be overlooked is the concept of legal "personhood" for an organization - in several key ways, a business such as a corporation can have the same rights and duties under the law as a human being. But if you suffer an injury while in the care of a health care institution the legal entity status of that institution can have a direct impact on your ability to be compensated for your injury.
A visit to the doctor is supposed to be the start of the healing process to make you feel better from whatever illness or injury brought you there in the first place. Sometimes, however, the result can be a worsened condition that can have a long-term impact on your health and well-being.
Surgery is perhaps the most deeply personal involvement that anyone can have with the health care system. It entails allowing someone, with whom you just became acquainted due to injury or illness, to operate on you. It represents a major act of confidence and trust. At times, it may also involve a leap of faith.
The formula for most medical malpractice lawsuits is fairly straightforward: a patient enters a hospital, a doctor is negligent in treatment of patient while there, the patient's condition gets worse or was misdiagnosed or, in the worst case scenario, the patient dies.
"Informed consent" refers to the process that physicians use, or are at least supposed to use, to see to it that patients are properly informed about a medical treatment or procedure that a physician intends to use on them.
The Institute for Safe Medical Practices maintains a program for medication errors reporting. The purpose of the Medication Errors Reporting Program (MERP) is to serve as a clearing house for information about actual medication errors and other potentially dangerous incidents that have taken place in health care settings. Anyone who follows the program can learn from the mistakes of others.