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A birth injury does not always lead to lawsuit

Childbirth can be a life-changing experience. Unfortunately for some, the birth process leads to a birth injury for their beloved newborn. For interested new mothers in Rhode Island, a recent news story tells why some mothers do not sue doctors who make them victims of malpractice, and it reviews the reasons why lawsuits can help physicians remain accountable for their negligent actions.

Many deaths caused by medical error, report says

Heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease are commonly understood as the top causes of death in the United States. Rhode Island readers may be interested in a recent report that reveals medical error accounts for an large portion of deaths, due to medication mistakes, surgical errors and missed diagnoses. Researchers feel that increased awareness, and owning up to the issue, can help ameliorate the issue.

Rhode Island: Surgical error is preventable with precautions

Most patients go into surgery with faith in their physicians. They hope, at least, the correct site will be operated on and no surgical error will be made. In Rhode Island over a decade ago, one hospital was guilty of allowing five wrong-site surgeries to happen within a span of three years resulting in fines and policy changes. When physicians make serious errors, patients must turn to medical malpractice lawsuits to rectify the situation. 

Will Rhode Island Lyme disease program cause pharmacist error?

Lyme disease is an illness caused by a bacteria carried by ticks. The disease can cause severe headaches, neck stiffness, arthritis, joint pain, facial palsy and problems with short-term memory. Rhode Island is one of 14 states with Lyme Disease-carrying ticks and is a hotspot for Lyme disease cases. Pharmacies have expanded their role in prescribing medicines across the state under what is called collaborative practice agreements and are now able to give doxycycline to patients who have been bitten by ticks within a 72 hour window. Some feel that pharmacist error in diagnosing and assessing the tick bite will lead to increased antibiotic resistance. 

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