Patients who receive any sort of medical care in Louisiana, including dental, orthodontic, or ophthalmic, should feel confident that their providers have properly cleaned and sterilized their equipment to prevent the spread of disease-causing agents. However, patients treated at a university orthodontic clinic in Florida recently received the disturbing news that a group of resident orthodontists failed to properly clean and sterilize their equipment following examinations, potentially exposing over 1,000 patients to viruses such as hepatitis and HIV over a period of more than two years.
If you know that you will have to undergo a medical procedure that requires you to stay in the hospital, in Louisiana, you will understandably be concerned. Your concerns are likely to involve more than just the procedure you are going in the hospital for but also the potential that some type of error might be made on the part of a doctor, nurse or other health care provider. Medical mistakes do happen and many of them involve medications.
Any drug has the potential to become dangerous if not used correctly. The addiction epidemic currently sweeping the United States, including Louisiana, stems in part from doctors overprescribing medications and/or patients not following their doctor's instructions. However, addiction is only one possible consequence of the misuse of medication. If you have certain medical conditions, a particular drug may have contraindications for you, meaning that even if other people benefit from taking the drug, your doctor should not prescribe it to you because it may do you more harm than good.
Informed consent is a cornerstone of health care everywhere, including Louisiana. Patients have a right to know what doctors, nurses and paramedics intend to do, what effects it may have on patients' bodies and to have the opportunity to accept or decline the treatment. The same holds true for drug trials, as pharmaceuticals can have serious safety concerns associated with them and patients with certain medical conditions may even have contraindications to the medical treatment.
People planning to have surgery in Louisiana may have concerns about becoming infected with MRSA after surgery. The concern is valid as MRSA infection is a common postsurgical complication that poses treatment challenges. The good news is that patients and doctors can take steps to prevent MRSA and other postsurgical infections.
For a parent in Louisiana, almost nothing is scarier than the thought of a child falling ill. It is even scarier when a child falls ill with a mysterious illness of which doctors are unsure of the exact cause or most effective treatment.
Most people in Louisiana have likely been to a doctor's office in the past several years where the nurse, physician's assistant or physician may have entered notes into a computer as they were meeting with the patient. The increased use of electronic health records by medical providers has been touted as one way to reduce errors and improve patient safety. This may be possible but that does not mean these systems come without some risks or potential drawbacks.
Anytime you undergo surgical treatment in Louisiana, you assume a certain amount of risk, and your risks may amplify if you are involved in a procedure that requires the use of anesthesia. At McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, we understand that anesthesia-related errors can have catastrophic effects, and we have helped many patients who suffered harm during anesthesia treatment pursue solutions that meet their needs.
People in Louisiana who undergo diagnostic medical tests should be able to trust that the results they receive are accurate. This is true whether the tests are performed as part of a routine screening, such as with a mammogram, or in response to concerns that a problem is present. A report released recently suggests that patients should not be too quick to believe that what they are told after receiving results is actually true.
As a resident in Louisiana, you're likely encouraged to get yearly physical examinations in order to make sure you're still maintaining good health. In some cases, these check-ups may include a mammogram, which can test the health of your breast tissue. But is the result reliable?