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August 2015 Archives

Messy doctor handwriting may pose a danger to patients

It’s been a long-running joke that doctors have terrible handwriting. However, when it comes to accurate prescriptions, a doctor’s scrawl is no laughing matter. The health of thousands of patients each year, including residence of Providence, is threatened when a pharmacist is unable to decipher the hurried scribbles of a customer’s physician. A pharmacist’s failure to read a doctor’s handwriting properly can result in numerous medication error types, from a dosage mistake to the wrong drug entirely.

Is Zofran safe to take during pregnancy for morning sickness?

For many expectant mothers in Providence, morning sickness is an inconvenience that will go away eventually. For others, it’s a constant nightmare that may cause dehydration and malnutrition, not to mention make it almost impossible to get everyday tasks done. If you’re suffering from severe morning sickness, you’re probably hoping for a miracle cure. Home remedies like nibbling on crackers or eating smaller, more frequent meals rarely alleviate pregnancy nausea. What about anti-nausea medicine? Is it safe for both you and the baby to take?

Change in residents’ hours not shown to improve risk of mistakes

You may understand that it takes years of education and hands-on training to become a medical professional. For many medical students, part of this training includes serving as resident interns in a hospital or medical facility. It would not be unusual for you to be helped by a resident if you visit an emergency room in Providence. At DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., we understand that it is essential for residents to gain hospital experience, but we also know that it is common for medical residents to suffer from stress and fatigue. This may result in serious medical errors.

Technological mistakes make up a large portion of medical errors

Patients going in for surgery put a great deal of trust in their surgeons that everything will turn out as planned. After all, these are medical professionals who have gone through years of education and specialized training. Unfortunately for many residents of Providence, as well as elsewhere in the country, surgical mistakes cause serious injuries and worsened medical conditions every year.

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