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Plastic surgery patients should understand potential problems

Plastic surgery is often associated with Hollywood performers who are desperate to look young, or at least less old, at all costs. However, people across the nation, including those in Boston, Massachusetts, go under the knife and get plastic surgery. Unfortunately, there are often surgical errors that adversely affect patients for months, years or the rest of their lives.

Why hospitals can be held liable for their doctors' malpractice

Doctors aren't the only ones that can be sued for medical malpractice. It's possible to sue anyone who comprises your medical team including nurses, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists. You can sue rehab facilities, pharmacists, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies as well. At the crux of any medical malpractice lawsuit is the ability of a plaintiff to prove provider negligence.When it comes to hospitals, they can be held liable for both their own negligence as well as that of their employees. As for how or why a hospital can be held liable for their employees' actions, it has to do with the fact that they're expected to conduct risk assessments of their employees. If they fail to properly investigate their employees' education, licensing or training, they can be considered negligent.A hospital also has the responsibility to thoroughly investigate individuals with whom it is affiliated. For example, it's important for a hospital to thoroughly investigate the record of a physician before awarding him or her rights to treat patients at its facilities.It's also important that hospital administration stay abreast of state staffing minimums and any shortages that may exist. Many states have certain requirements in place that dictate what the staff-to-patient ratio should be in both hospitals and other health care facilities. A lot of resources have gone into determining what ratio is necessary to ensure that their patients receive the highest quality care.Hospitals also have as a responsibility to ensure that patients receive care that is aligned with what their personal physician ordered for them. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the consequences of not having done so.

Medical teams must work together to eliminate retained objects

With every surgery comes the risk of an unintentionally retained object. These objects are often sponges, malleable retractors, towels, needles, catheters, and other such instruments. They are accidentally left within the patient's body after the surgery is complete.

Could a surgeon's bad attitude actually endanger your health?

There's a stereotype that's seen on television and in movies of the "rude but brilliant" surgeon or medical specialist. The general idea is that their medical brilliance tends to make them abrupt around other people and impatient with the flawed mortals around them, including their patients.