Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Unsafe Patient Handling Can Lead to Injuries
Whether it is a surgical procedure, emergency room visit, car accident, slip and fall, or other injury, there is a chance that you will need to depend on healthcare professionals to move you at a hospital or healthcare facility.
When hospital or facility staff are moving or handling patients, accidents can happen, especially if proper protocol is not followed.
- Slow and steady. Hospital or facility staff should not be rushing to lift and move patients. Rushing increases the likelihood of mishandling a patient and could result in an injury.
- Proper equipment. When hospital or facility staff are tasked with moving and lifting patients, it is essential for them to be using the equipment provided to them. If they forego this equipment, a self-sustained injury could cause them to drop a patient or worse.
- Educate caregivers. Before discharge the patient’s caregiver(s) should be given a demonstration on how to properly move someone who is incapacitated.
If you or a loved one was injured as the result of improper patient handling by hospital or healthcare facility staff, contact our office. Our team of experienced attorneys will begin a medical and legal investigation into your case.