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July 2017 Archives

Rhode Island laws tackle opioid overmedication

The opioid epidemic is increasing yearly, and lawmakers are searching for ways to combat it. Some doctors have fallen into the opioid epidemic and are playing their part in making the problem worse by overprescribing the drugs or by illegally participating in prescription-writing schemes. Opioid overmedication is a serious problem that can cost lives. A recent new story shares how new Rhode Island legislation is tackling the medication issue. 

Hospital tech designed to prevent doctor error: Is it working?

Is technology really improving the medical world? A group of researchers wanted to test this hypothesis, so they used the 2014 Rhode Island Health Information Technology Survey to asses whether Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology is improving the patient/doctor experience. The EHR was originally designed to prevent doctor error, but some have raised criticisms of the technology, as a recent news story reports. 

Is it an allergy or a side effect?

When you are sick or in pain, you typically go to a doctor in Providence County expecting immediate relief. When such a visit results in you being prescribed a medication, the hope is that taking it will provide such relief. Yet while a drug may alleviate symptoms related to your condition, it could also produce new (and often unpleasant) issues.

Doctor mistakes man’s left for right testicle during surgery

Perhaps the most devastating consequence of medical and surgical errors in Providence County is the loss of confidence in healthcare providers that the people who suffer through them are left with. It may be understandable that doctors and surgeons will make an occasional error in judgment, yet most would expect them to be able to avoid blatant mistakes like wrong site surgeries. As such issues are typically attributed to a simple lack of planning and verification, one can only assume that surgeons who commit such errors can only claim carelessness as the reason for making them.

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