The responsibility of a hospital or clinic is to provide professional and sufficient treatment to patients, so they can recover from illness or injury. It should be the mission of health care professionals to do everything in their power to help patients during the healing process. Unfortunately, patients don’t always receive the treatment or care they so desperately need. One of the biggest reasons for this breakdown in treatment and communication, is due to the fact that many hospitals are understaffing their nurses.
Nurses are the hospital’s “front-line” of medical care. They are the first to respond to the needs of patients, and are responsible for delivering medications. Nurses are the crucial link between doctors and patients. Their job as “first-alert” caregivers can be the difference between a patient recovering, and a patient losing their life. However, hospitals experiencing financial distress often cut corners by decreasing their most important asset. When it’s time to trim the budget, the nursing staff is often cut back significantly and the patients suffer the consequences.
With the increased demand for complex medical care and fewer nurses to help, some hospitals are unable to properly function. Recent studies have shown that the low nurse-to-patient ratio has increased the likelihood of a patient’s death by 7 percent. This means that possibly 20,000 patients a year are dying because there aren’t enough nurses. The fault is not with the nurses, but with hospitals not staffing enough nurses for patient care.
The Kansas medical malpractice attorneys of Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC have years of experience in successfully litigating these types of cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered further injury or death due to a hospital understaffing its nurses, then our medical malpractice attorneys want to help you win fair compensation. You should not have to suffer because a hospital refused to adequately staff its nurses. Call our medical malpractice attorneys today and tell us about your case!