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February 2014 Archives

Pharmacy mix-up sends woman home with the wrong prescription

Prescription medications can work wonders in combating pain, illness, and infection. They do this by suppressing the effects of certain chemical responses that occur in designated systems of the body. Those in Providence taking prescription medications probably put more thought into the effects the drugs have on them than how they actually deliver that effect. Yet taking incorrect medications can trigger chemical responses within the body that can be harmful or, in some cases, even fatal.

Doctors found liable after misdiagnosis leads to woman's death

Patients in Providence rely on their healthcare providers being as thorough as possible when attempting to diagnose their ailments. Even in situations where an element of a diagnostic test may be harmful to a patient, alternative methods to detect the suspected condition should still be discussed. Simply ruling a condition or cause out because it wasn’t tested for may be viewed as a failure to meet an established standard of care. Patients may end up paying the ultimate price for such an omission.

Woman alleges nurse-midwife performed procedure without consent

Most would assume that injuries that occur during childbirth are more likely to affect the baby. While that remains true in a number of cases, it should also be remembered that the mother goes through quite a bit of stress, as well. Procedures performed to assist with delivery can take their toll on a woman. Most women would likely agree to anything that would help ensure a safer delivery. However, that assumption should never be made by clinical staff. The woman or her representatives should still be involved in any decision making before a procedure is performed.

Failure of doctors to diagnose foot fractures costs man his job

Many in Providence were probably told while growing up that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” One hopes that advice has never been given in reference to healthcare, as patients rely upon a doctor’s initial diagnosis to accurately pinpoint what’s wrong with them, how they might fix such an injury or ailment, and what to expect during their recovery. Yet despite advances in medical science, there still is no iron-clad guarantee of accuracy on a patient’s first visit.

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