Many elderly and disabled Eugene residents are in a position in which they must rely on the competence of their caregivers for their daily medical needs. Unfortunately, this reliance often means that these patients are more susceptible to nursing home errors and hospital negligence. It is important that these medical mistakes be taken seriously due to the dire consequences that can result.
When Oregon patients check in to a hospital, their thoughts may be preoccupied with the main surgical or medical procedure they will be receiving. However, the opportunity for medical error is not confined to that event.
A hospital employee with hepatitis C may have infected patients treated at a hospital's heart lab since October 1, 2010. Victims of this nurse error may now be at risk for liver disease, a common result of the virus.