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Measuring the accuracy of electronic healthcare records

New technology in healthcare is designed to minimize medical errors and improve the overall quality of care of patients. More healthcare institutes across the country are implementing the electronic health record system as a way to standardize patient care and reduce errors. Yet, some healthcare records software systems have glitches that have led to some critical mistakes and deadly medical errors

What should I know about healthcare-associated infections?

Whether you visit your doctor or go to the hospital, the hope is that you return home feeling better than when you went in. However, as you and other Californians may be aware, healthcare facilities harbor numerous infectious elements, including harmful bacteria and viruses. In most instances, your medical team will be able to prevent you from contracting a dangerous illness during your visit, but this is not always the case.

A good doctor is an informed doctor

There are a number of reasons a California patient may have an issue with a treating doctor. Sometimes people find that their doctor seems to be slow in providing important information about a treatment. Even in the internet age where knowledge is available at our fingertips, it is still up to your doctor to understand all the issues involved with your treatment and provide ready answers to your questions.

Do doctors overlook the woman's rights in the delivery room?

The delivery room can be a hectic place. Trying to bring a new life into the world is a big deal. While women have been doing it since the beginning of time, nowadays, there is usually a team of people involved in the labor and delivery process. This may lead to a woman feeling like she is not being heard or that her labor is not going the way she wants. In these cases, women could feel violated and suffer long term effects.

Symptoms of infant brain damage

According to findings published by Birth Injury Guide, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death in infants and children. Infant TBIs occur when a physical force from the outside puts pressure on or strikes the head. Typically, TBIs occur during childbirth and may happen when the head gets stuck in the birth canal or when a California doctor uses forceps or some other instrument with too much force on the baby's head. TBIs during infancy may also occur when the birthing process takes too long, thereby causing the infant to lose oxygen.

Are there damage caps on malpractice claims?

If you have suffered a medical mishap in California, your first instinct may be to go to court and get money to pay for your suffering and damages. There are often news stories about settlements in malpractice suits. Many times, you may hear of people getting large amounts of money, millions of dollars, for example, in settlements. However, what you may not know is that some settlement damages have a cap.

Is your doctor prescribing too much medication?

Sometimes medication is exactly what you need to make you feel better, but other times, your doctor may prescribe you medication that does not help anything and could possibly harm you. Overprescribing is a serious issue. You should always stay on top of medications your doctor in California gives you. Do not be afraid to ask if your doctor is prescribing too much medication.

Surgery site infections can cause great harm

You have made it through surgery and you believe that, aside from a reasonable period of recovery, that you are in the clear. The surgery successfully resolved the medical issues that had been causing you problems and you can look forward to days of better health. However, if your doctors or your surgery team in Redwood City have not followed the proper procedures in conducting your operation, you might be at serious risk of a surgery site infection.

Lack of informed consent can cause injury

The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most important legal relationships that exist, since a doctor can literally save your life with the correct treatment. However, if a California doctor is withholding information about a treatment you are considering, that doctor is denying you informed consent, which is dangerous and a clear violation of your rights.

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