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November 2012 Archives

Hospital's failure to diagnose blood clots leads to woman's death

We all have a right to quality medical care regardless of our station in life or whether we are homeless in Rhode Island or elsewhere. When you or a loved one go to an emergency room for diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition, you have a right to expect to be treated with dignity and respect and for your medical symptoms to heard. That was not the case for one woman who arrived at a health center only to be arrested for refusing to leave the facility until her severe pain was treated.

Federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act under fire

The 2005 federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act is a federal law that encourages physicians, pharmacies and hospitals to report medical errors and related information to organizations involved in patient safety by shielding these reports from becoming exposed publically. Now two unrelated cases in another state are questioning the law's reach and the outcome could affect other states, including Rhode Island.

Family settles birth injury lawsuit after delayed C-section

Four years after the birth of their daughter, a family has settled a lawsuit that claimed a delayed C-section at the hospital resulted in their child suffering a brain injury. Anyone in Rhode Island or elsewhere can really sympathize with this family after reading this story. It begins in January of 2007 when the mother was scheduled to have a C-section, just like she had in her prior births. At 39 weeks into her pregnancy she went to the hospital where she was placed on an external fetal heart monitor by medical staff.

RI student spreads awareness after dad's hospital infection

Four years ago, a young woman lost her father to an infection he contracted while in Rhode Island Hospital for esophageal cancer. Now that young woman wants to spread the word about the dangers of hospital infections and specifically the condition known as sepsis. Her father died after going into septic shock twice, the second time proved fatal. The family was told by doctors that the man beat the cancer and had a new lease on life. Doctors recommended the 48-year-old man undergo surgery to remove the part of his esophagus that had been infected by the cancer.

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