Psychiatric care is full of uncertain outcomes. However, there are times when the link between a hospital or physician's inept or negligent action and a patient's suicide seems painfully obvious.
What's your biggest worry when you're sick enough to head to the hospital or take a troublesome symptom to your doctor? For many, it's that they'll be given some kind of terrible diagnosis.
When a doctor misses a breast cancer diagnosis, it can prove fatal. Early detection and treatment, as with other types of cancer, is the key. Missing cancer in the early stages massively complicates the process and delays that treatment.
A Columbus hospital and its surrounding community have been torn apart by revelations that a doctor gave lethal doses of pain medication to 27 patients as they lay incapacitated in their hosptial beds. Even worse, a number of other medical professionals have been implicated in the investigation.
Could personal biases lead a physician to neglect -- or intentionally harm -- some patients? Do some patients get better -- or drastically worse -- treatment than others because of their physician's private politics or beliefs?
Technology has been improving and saving lives for generations, but technology also brings some unexpected hazards. In hospitals, technology can be a patient's best friend -- or worst nightmare.
Could mistakes in personal hygiene contribute to a deadly adenovirus outbreak in a medical facility near you and leave someone you love sicker than when they entered the hospital in the first place?
Medication errors are a common problem, whether you end up taking the wrong drug or too much of the right drug.
How well do you know your doctor?
It's difficult for a lot of people to speak up to a physician -- even when they have a strong feeling that the doctor is making a mistake. Unfortunately, that's the kind of issue that can prevent patients from challenging a bad diagnosis on a doctor's part and lead to life-long consequences due to medical mistakes.