Posted On: February 2, 2011 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

PA Patient Safety Authority Provides Tips on Choosing Healthcare Providers

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority provides detailed information on healthcare providers throughout Pennsylvania, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. If you or a loved one needs medical care or will be staying in a nursing home, the Patient Safety Authority provides the following tips for choosing the best facility for your needs.

The Patient Safety Authority and other regulatory bodies provide ratings systems that evaluate the safety, quality of care, and other factors involved in giving health care. To choose the best facility for your needs, first look at the facility’s rating for the specific care you need. For example, if you need cardiac stents implanted after a heart attack, check each hospital’s ratings for stent replacement.

Also, examine the ratings that are most important to you. For instance, if you’re worried about being treated well by the staff, look at the facility’s ratings for staff friendliness and responsiveness to patient needs.

If you or a loved one needs surgery or another medical procedure, look at the number of times the hospital, physician, and surgical staff have done the same procedure. According to the Patient Safety Authority, the outcomes for patients are usually better the more times a physician has done the same procedure.

Protecting yourself and your family from medical malpractice and nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania starts with good research. However, you cannot always prevent another person’s negligence or mistreatment. If you or a loved one has been injured by a health care professional’s actions, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano LLP for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-888-684-7192 today to learn more about your rights after a medical injury.