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Rehab hospitals may cause more harm than good

A patient often goes to a rehab hospital after suffering a serious injury or undergoing surgery. While it is hoped this will further stabilize them medically, it is possible that it could actually cause more harm than good.

According to a recent government report, 29 percent of people in rehab facilities suffered some type of harm as the result of poor care. This could include, but is not limited to, an infection, bedsore or medication error. Making this even worse is the fact that roughly half of all the cases were likely preventable with the right approach.

The study, conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, proved that rehab hospitals are not making nearly as much progress in regard to safety as once believed.

One of the leaders of the study noted the following:

"It's important to acknowledge that harm can occur in any type of inpatient setting. This is one of the settings that's most likely to be underestimated in terms of . . . harm."

When patients and/or their families underestimate the potential for harm in a rehab facility, it is easier for a serious mistake to be made.

If you or a loved one is faced with time in a rehab hospital, it's important to realize that any medical professional, from a doctor to a pharmacist, could make a mistake that impacts your health, recovery and long-term well-being. If this happens, don't hesitate to seek follow up treatment from a more qualified facility.

At a future point, you may wish to consider taking legal action against those liable for your injuries or worsened condition.

Source: NPR, "Rehab Hospitals May Harm A Third Of Patients, Report Finds," Marshall Allen, July 21, 2016

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