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What Ohio patients should know about their care

Although doctors tend to get most of the recognition and accolades when it comes to caring for patients, nurses are also a wealth of knowledge and experience. One important tip that nurses offer is that the month of July may be an inopportune time to be treated at a training hospital. This is because medical students are promoted to the next level of training during this month, which means patients may be receiving care from inexperienced residents.

Death rates in July may increase as much as 35 percent and medication errors by as much as 10 percent. Those familiar with the issue say that many problems stem from residents who don't ask for help when they are unsure about something. Another practice that patients may not be aware of relates to nurses and surgeons placing bets on a patient's condition.

In some cases, bets will be placed on how high a patient's blood alcohol content is or what type of injuries an incoming patient has suffered. Surgeons may place bets regarding the outcome of a risky procedure, and nurses say that money is actually exchanged as a result of these wagers. Furthermore, some medical professionals may lie about having performed a procedure in the past, although this may be done to reassure the patient prior to it taking place.

Patients who have been hurt due to a medical error may wish to take action against the medical professional who caused their injuries. It may also be possible to take legal action against the hospital where the error occurred. Those harmed by medical malpractice may wish to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to determine what their rights are and if they may be entitled to compensation.

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