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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.

Can you take measures before surgery to prevent mistakes?

We’ve discussed previously in this blog about the numbers of patients, in New York as well as across the country, who are adversely affected by medical mistakes. In addition to surgical mishaps, medication errors and other common mistakes, infection is another widespread problem in hospitals. You are particularly vulnerable to getting an infection after a surgical procedure, since your body will be exposed to germs and your immune system compromised during the healing process.

Hospital errors among leading causes of death for Americans

Each year, preventable medical errors are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans in New York and all over the nation. Scientific American reports on these serious events, which has medical professionals referring to a crisis within the current state of healthcare.

Have you been the victim of a medical mistake?

At some point or another, nearly everyone ends up in a doctor's office or hospital. When an individual is ill or stricken with a serious medical condition, he or she must rely upon doctors, nurses and other medical specialists to provide answers and recommendations related to a diagnosis and the best strategy for overcoming related health problems.

Report: More U.S. nurses being sued for malpractice

Every day in hospitals throughout the U.S., nurses are on the front lines of healthcare and in the trenches caring for patients. From ensuring patients are comfortable and take their medications to monitoring patients' vital signs and caring for their wounds to prevent infection, on a single shift, nurses are often required to attend to and monitor the needs of several patients.

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