It's stressful enough when Illinois residents visit the emergency room with an unforeseen health condition. Now, reports are showing that overcrowding in ERs poses a serious health and safety hazard for the visitors. This is a problem that affects millions. In 2016, for example, 145.6 million people in the U.S. visited an ER with 12.6 million being admitted to the hospital afterwards.
Most people in Illinois receive calls on their mobiles phones while they are at work, but the consequences of these distractions are more serious for health care workers. A recently published research study tracked medication errors among pediatric nurses while keeping track of whether they received phone calls prior to making a mistake.
Though medical and scientific advancements have helped people in Illinois live longer and healthier lives, doctor and hospital errors continue to be a problem. One out of every 20 individuals treated by a medical facility is exposed to preventable harm. Unfortunately, 12 percent of medical mistakes result in death or permanent disability.
When people in Illinois go to the doctor or the hospital, they may expect their illness to be detected and treated accurately. Unfortunately, however, around 40,000 to 80,000 people each year may lose their lives due to mistaken diagnosis or the failure to diagnose deadly conditions. In an analysis of over 11,000 medical malpractice claims filed after a serious medical error, researchers found that some types of misdiagnosis were both more common and more dangerous. The most significant errors were linked to the "big three" conditions, the researchers said: infection, cancer or vascular issues.
Medical patients rely on their doctor's training and expertise to be able to both diagnose and treat their diseases and illnesses. However, doctors sometimes make mistakes and do not diagnose the issue correctly.
People in Illinois own various items and property that will break down over time. In these situations, people need to call the appropriate professionals to fix the problem. This could be bringing their car to a mechanic or having a HVAC professional come and fix a furnace or air conditioning unit and many other situations. When people's bodies break down through injuries or illnesses people also need to go to the appropriate health care professionals to fix the problem.
People in Illinois are not experts in everything and from time to time need to hire other people to help them complete certain projects. This could be hiring an electrician, a plumber, taking their car to a mechanic and the use of other professionals. People also need to go to the doctor from time to time when they are sick or injured. Most people do not know what may be wrong with them and when they do know what is wrong may not have the expertise to fix the ailment.
The body is not perfect and people in Illinois need to go to the doctor from time to time. This could be for a routine check up to try and prevent something more serious from occurring. However, many other times it is because the person is sick or injured and needs medical attention in order to get better. Doctors therefore play a very important role in people's lives and when people go to them, they expect they will do their job and do everything within their power to heal them.
Fatal medical negligence is not limited to complicated procedures. Like a surgical error, a routine procedure can also have deadly consequences. In one medical malpractice case, the University of Chicago paid $2.6 million to the family of a 61-year-old woman who died when her artery was damaged in a medical test. Her daughter, who filed the lawsuit, claimed that she literally bled to death.