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Linking errors to provider specialties

Patients in Providence County place a great deal of trust in the doctors that treat their various ailments and injuries. Typically, they are willing to invest such trust due to a clinician's educational background combined with his or her experience. Of course, no two patients are alike, and neither are the ailments they may be suffering from. As a person's medical issues become more complex, specialty providers are often required in order to render the right treatment. This may lead some to question if medical error rates are linked to provider specialties.

Are documentation errors potentially dangerous?

Your concerns about your medical treatment likely begin and end with your face-to-face interactions with your provider. He or she diagnoses you, treats you, gives you advice and then sends you on your way. Yet there is a whole other element to your medical care that you do not see yet is just as vital to your safety. As many in Providence County and throughout the rest of the U.S. are discovering, documentation errors are becoming a new problem facing both patients and providers today.

Lawsuit alleges doctor performed unnecessary stent placements

Many of the medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence County may focus on things that a doctor did not do that ended up harming his or her patients. Yet many may not realize that there are cases at the other end of the spectrum where providers may be accused of performing unnecessary treatments. Healthcare may be one of the few industries where the age-old term “better safe than sorry” truly does not apply. That is because unnecessary medical treatments can present just as a great a risk to patients as misdiagnoses and other forms of provider negligence.

Defining how heuristics can negatively impact healthcare

As healthcare providers in Providence County are only human, they are subject to judgment errors just like everyone else. The outcomes of their errors, however, are often tragic. Indeed, information shared by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows medical errors to be the third highest cause of death in the U.S.

Hospital found liable for botched patient transfer

Medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence County may often list multiple defendants. That may be due to those initiating such action believing that several parties failed them in their cases, from the doctors and clinicians that treated them to the facilities where they were seen. Those hearing of these cases may think that in order for an award to be granted to a malpractice victim, a jury must find every defendant listed in a case as being liable. That actually is not the case.

Why is it so hard to find a good primary care doctor these days?

You may have noticed that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a primary care physician in Providence County these days. Why is that? Information shared by the Center for Health Journalism of the University of Southern California shows that American medical schools churn out an average of 20,000 graduates a year. So why can’t you seem to find one of these new doctors?

Medical center facing lawsuits from five former patients

When Providence County residents think about the hospitals and healthcare clinics in the region, they likely hold a certain degree of respect for the resources these facilities offer and the service provided by those working in them. However, even the most respected hospitals with the most decorated staffs may not be immune to mistakes. Some may argue that a single error here or there should not be used to damage a healthcare facility’s reputation. At the same time, failing to report such incidents and to attempt to hold the providers responsible for them accountable could be end up perpetuating the problem of a single facility producing an alarming error rate.

How well does your doctor know your medical history?

As you are sitting in an examination room in a Providence County clinic waiting to be seen by a doctor, you likely assume that the reason for any delay in your receiving treatment is at least partly because the physician is reviewing your medical record. Yet have you ever wondered what information is contained in your records, and how far the doctors examining them go to get the information needed to deliver quality care?

The risk of overreliance on standalone HPV screenings

When you choose a primary care physician in Providence County and then follow his or her recommended schedule of preventative treatments and visits, the expectation may be that you will be able to avoid certain illnesses and conditions. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than with your obstetrics and gynecology provider. Starting in your teens, you typically begin the necessary-yet-sometimes-uncomfortable process of receiving a routine pap smear. The purpose of this checkup is to help you avoid conditions such as cervical cancer. Yet as some of the women that we here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum have worked with in past may attest to, cervical cancer screenings are not infallible.

20 years later, doctor admits to lying about malpractice case

People in Providence County may place a great deal of trust in their healthcare providers. The expectation that comes with that is that their doctors and other caregivers will reciprocate that trust. However, information that has begun to emerge from within the medical industry in recent seems to cast doubt on that idea. Many healthcare practitioners today admit to feeling pressure to side with their colleagues when allegations of medical malpractice arise. Studies have even shown that providers may be reluctant to share information with patients about errors in their treatment. Some may say that these accusations and alleged admissions may only be given under the condition of anonymity, and thus are not verifiable. That is not the case anymore.

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