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Is the hospital’s emergency department safe?

During a serious health event, you should not hesitate to seek medical attention, and you want to be able to trust the doctor who treats you. According to the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, although emergency department staff and health care providers have specific training for the hectic conditions that are often present, there are distinct risk factors to seeking care at the ER. In some cases, a physician who drops the ball may be guilty of negligence, but you may be able to mitigate the potential for a mistake.

How can you protect yourself against a serious pharmacist error?

When you and other Schenectady residents pick up a prescription from your local pharmacy, you should be able to trust that your medication has been prepared correctly and includes instructions that ensure you take the proper dose. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are only human, and can easily make a simple mistake that might put your health or life at risk.

Inconsistency in handoff procedures may endanger patients

In a recent blog post, we discussed how lack of sleep may affect the performance of doctors, especially those still undergoing residency training. Handoff procedures were briefly touched upon in that post, pertaining to how doctors with long shifts avoid frequently handing off their responsibilities to others. At Bendall & Mednick, we are aware of the ways in which handoff procedures may impact your safety. Whether in the hospital, being treated by a specialist or seeing your family doctor, the handoff is a crucial point of communication for medical professionals in Schenectady and elsewhere.

Are doctors’ sleep habits killing patients?

It is a known fact that doctors in New York and elsewhere work long hours to treat their patients, and their efforts are appreciated by many. However, we also understand that it is important for everyone to be well rested in order to do their jobs safely and effectively. For physicians, a good night’s sleep may be more important than ever. Unfortunately, the workload that is often placed on medical professionals, especially those in hospitals, may be hazardous to their patients’ health.

Possible link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and ADHD

If you are pregnant or close to someone who is, you are probably aware that pregnancy is often associated with a myriad of aches and pains. Rather than enduring a pregnancy-related backache, joint pain or sleepless night, you may have asked your doctor which painkillers or sleep aids are safe. Many of these medications include acetaminophen, which, in proper doses, has been approved for use during pregnancy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At Bendall & Mednick, we know it is vital that you receive sound advice from your doctor during pregnancy. You and other Schenectady residents should be aware of the results of a recent study concerning a potential risk of behavioral issues of children whose mothers had taken acetaminophen while pregnant.

Is social media a good idea for doctors to use?

Social media is a large part of people’s lives. Not only can you keep in touch with friends and family, you can also stay up to date on what is happening with your favorite stores and products. This is also true for the professionals with whom you do business. Many doctors, chiropractors, dentists and other members of the medical industry have learned the value of being accessible on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and GooglePlus. However, there can also be a downside when medical professionals in Schenectady and elsewhere are active on social media.

Nursing home workers posting demeaning photos of residents online

Nearly everyone these days has a smartphone with access to the Internet. It is possible to receive text messages, check email and get online any time of the day. Because the online world is always available at the touch of a button, it can be easy for people in Schenectady and elsewhere to lose sight of what is and is not appropriate to post, particularly while they are at work. Many are in a professional position where it could cause harm to post private information or inappropriate pictures on social media.

What kind of behavior is expected from the medical profession?

Last week’s post discussed some of the serious ramifications that can result from the unprofessional conduct of someone in the medical field. Like many in Schenectady, you might wonder what type of behavior you should expect from your doctor, nurse or other medical professional taking care of you.

Joke between 2 paramedics shows why professionalism is necessary

When Schenectady residents see a doctor, they have every right to expect professional treatment. This is not always the case, however. In some instances, doctors, nurses and others in the medical profession have been found to treat patients with disrespect and sometimes outright derision. What they might think of as a harmless joke while a patient is under anesthesia is not only unprofessional, but could be devastating to the patients if they find out how they have been treated while they are unable to defend themselves.

HMO's and the Law - The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Transcript

May 5, 1998

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Transcript

More and more people have been seeking legal action against their HMO's because of a failure to cover treatment that was originally in their insurance policy. Tom Bearden has the report.

TOM BEARDEN: Jerry Cannon's wife died from leukemia in 1992. He thinks she might be alive today if her health insurance company had approved a bone marrow transplant in time. Phyllis Cannon was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 1991. But there was hope.

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