It is well-known that very sick patients, especially those in the intensive care units at Central New York hospitals, e.g., Crouse Hospital (Syracuse), St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center (Syracuse), Community General Hospital (Syracuse), SUNY Upstate University Hospital (Syracuse), Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare (Utica), St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Utica), Oswego Hospital (Oswego), United Health Services Hospital (Binghamton), and Samaritan Medical Center (Watertown), require close monitoring. According to Dr. Phillip H. Factor, of Beth Israel Hospital in New York, "[r]elying on electronic monitors is not sufficient in the sickest of the sick; these patients require direct observation."
A recent study suggests that very sick patients assigned to ICU rooms that could not be directly observed from a nursing station, were more likely to die while hospitalized. Data from the study is still being analyze to determine why deaths were more likely and what can be done to lessen the risk, such as increasing the nurse-to-patient ratios for remote ICU beds so that nurses spend more time at the bedside.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice cases due to or arising out of New York hospital mistakes and nursing negligence. If you or a loved one were injured while admitted to a hospital, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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