Medical malpractice and what happens in hospitals

People in Arkansas may be interested to learn about what nurses have to say concerning what really goes on in hospitals. Some of the information is surprising while some is plainly shocking. Understanding what happens can help patients make certain that they receive better care and avoid potential injury from medical malpractice.

According to some nurses, July brings a new crop of interns and residents each year, meaning people who go to the hospital during this month are more likely to receive treatment from inexperienced doctors. Patients who call their doctor's offices may be surprised to learn that sometimes medical assistants who are not nurses will impersonate them, giving medical advice they are not qualified to give. People should thus always ask if the person they are speaking with is a licensed nurse or a medical assistant.

Another alarming practice is when hospitals use what are called slow-down codes. These secret codes are used in hospitals to direct staff to slow down when a patient who is elderly or chronically ill is not expected to survive. Staff will literally move slower, provide medication slower and do other things in order to give the appearance they are providing care to the sick person when in actuality they are not doing much to help.

These are just a few of the harmful things that might occur behind the scenes, but there are many others. These practices may increase the likelihood that a patient will suffer injury due to medical negligence. People who have been injured in this way may want to seek a consultation with an attorney who has experience in this area and who can determine the remedies that may be available.

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