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You can take proactive steps prior to undergoing surgery

If you or a loved one is experiencing a health issue, it is, of course, imperative that you seek the diagnosis of a medical professional. If your doctor tells you that surgery is the best way to address your condition, then you have a couple of very important decisions to make. First, you need to decide if you are going to simply trust the doctor and other health care providers and go along with their recommendations or if you are going to gather information on your own and then decide if you want to have the procedure.

What are telltale signs of elder abuse or neglect?

If you have a relative who is residing in a nursing home that you suspect is being neglectful or abusive, one of the first things you can do is check your loved one for signs of physical injury or duress. Be suspicious if he or she appears to be suffering from malnutrition or dehydration. Also look for bed sores, skin tears or bruises on his or her body.

Mistakes accessing records can lead to medical errors

Today's hospitals rely heavily on modern technology in nearly every aspect of their healthcare providing duties. And in most ways, this is a very positive development. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals now have tools that can help diagnose and treat patients more effectively than ever before. Yet there is one critical area that appears to need improvement; electronic recordkeeping and record access.

Medication errors by nurses could prove fatal

Nurses play a pivotal role in today's hospitals. They are responsible for monitoring patients and paying close attention to their condition. Nurses are typically charged with issuing patients their medication. Attention to detail is absolutely critical when performing this task. If a patient receives the wrong medicine or an incorrect dosage, the results could be tragic.

Study indicates surgical robots involved in fatal injuries

Some of the surgical methods employed by today's doctors seemed to be the products of yesterday's science fiction. And while the applications of modern technology have opened the door for new and effective ways of treating patients, it seems we still have not arrived at the point where the latest surgical devices always perform perfectly. And as such, patients are still vulnerable to injuries caused by these new machines.

Culture of medical field may hinder reporting of mistakes

All professions have their own particular culture, and the medical field is no different. However, what makes the medical profession different is that its members have the important responsibility of providing people with health care. Doctors, in particular, must make decisions and perform tasks that can have a profound impact on the well-being of their patients.

How do you know you have a good doctor?

When it comes to choosing a doctor, people here in Indiana and across the nation may use a variety of methods. They may see the doctor their parents saw, or one that was recommended by friend, or they may have chosen one randomly from a list provide by their insurer or health plan. In the case of an emergency room visit, they may have had little to do with the choosing.

Indiana House approves increase to medical malpractice damage cap

The Indiana legislature is again considering changes to the state's medical malpractice damage cap. A bill has cleared the House and now moves to a conference committee, and then to the Senate, if the committee can reach an agreement.

Deadlines and facts are important in a medical malpractice case

During a personal injury lawsuit, there is typically a complaint and a response. After those documents are filed with the court, a party can file a motion for summary judgment. This motion says that even if everything in the complaint is 100 percent true, there is no valid claim and the lawsuit should be dismissed against the defendant.

Medical malpractice damage cap reform has died in legislature

The reform attempt in the Indiana legislature to amend the state's limits on medical malpractice damage caps has hit a roadblock, as negotiations have broken down between the parties over a failure to agree on the terms of the amendment.