Check your local hospital's Safety Score before you have a health problem.By Melanie Haiken, for Sharecare
In May, when Sean Williams' 78-year-old father, Alan, took two sudden falls, he did the right thing: He called the doctor to report he was in terrible pain -- pain that was bad enough to wake him from a deep sleep. Yet two doctors prescribed pain pills and sent him home without performing a physical exam. It took a third doctor (seeing him for an unrelated condition) to realize something was seriously wrong and order x-rays and a CT scan. At which point, it was revealed he'd broken his back in five places. But it turned out those mistakes were just the beginning.
Once in the hospital, his wife arrived to visit him post-surgery and found him vomiting wretchedly. A nurse had given him 17 pills -- his entire day's medication regimen -- all at once on an empty stomach. The nurse's explanation: "I was instructed to give him 'all' his medications before breakfast." Later the Williams' learned that the medication overdose could have been fatal ifRead More »from Danger in the Hospital: It's Worse Than You Think