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There are a lot of things not to like about being in a hospital: green Jell-O, the lack of privacy … . But in some Hampton Roads, Virginia (VA), hospitals, excess noise will not be one of them. What significance does noises have in a hospital? For one thing, it makes it hard for patients to sleep and rest, which are two of the most important things a patient should be doing to recover. Noise in hospitals is so important, in fact, that a new study shows patients in noisy hospitals increase their use of pain medications and have longer stays.

As a Virginia (VA) medical malpractice attorney, I’m glad to hear that several of our area hospitals in Portsmouth, VA –CarePlex and Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center — were among the best-rated.

I’m glad that area hospitals are being proactive about taking better care of patients. How can patients be proactive when choosing doctors? While you can never find out every small detail about your doctor or surgeon, there are a few things you can do to make a better informed decision. First and foremost, ask questions. For example

  • Where did you go to medical school?
  • What American Board of Medical Specialty Certifications do you have?
  • How long have you been practicing?
  • Are there any disciplinary actions outstanding against you?

All of these are perfectly legitimate questions to ask. Do not hesitate. If you’d like to learn more about surgical safety, medical negligence and ways not to become a victim, download our free report.


About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.

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