Hospital overcrowding can be a big issue in densely populated parts of the country or during times when the health care system is under increasing pressure. While it cannot always be prevented by individual hospitals, it can be managed in a way that reduces risk to patients and maximizes the possibility for all patients to be given the treatment that they need.
If you recently lost a loved one who was suffering from an illness in an overcrowded hospital, you may be wondering whether the fact that the hospital was under strain contributed to the death. In their honor, it is likely that you want to do all that you can to investigate why they passed away and how such tragedies could be prevented in the future. Bringing about a medical malpractice claim against the hospital or against an individual doctor could help you get justice, and you may also gain damages. The following are some ways in which an overcrowded hospital can contribute to hospital deaths.
Patients are not given the attention that they need
Patients who are suffering from severe illnesses that have life-threatening risks need to be constantly monitored and get professional attention at all times. If a hospital is overcrowded, this may not be done, and their condition may not be effectively managed, leading to a worsening of their situation.
Mistakes are made more often
When doctors, surgeons and nurses are overworked and stressed, they are more likely to make mistakes, some of which could have fatal consequences. This could mean that they were negligent, and the loved ones of the deceased person may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Hygiene is often compromised
When hygiene is compromised, patients can suffer from infections and have a higher risk of contracting other viruses.
If you have recently lost a loved one while they were in the hospital and you believe that their death could have been prevented, it is important that you take action to investigate your legal options.