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March 2013 Archives

Lawsuit claims surgical error caused permanent injuries

Our last post focused on the difficulties faced when a sponge left inside the victim remains undetected. You may recall that such a mistake can lead to a worsened condition for the patient, often causing permanent damage and serious injuries. Many times, these patients decide to take legal action in order to receive compensation for a surgical error which has resulted in additional medical bills, lost income and a reduced enjoyment of life in general.

Thousands of patients experience surgical errors each year

Millions of people are without health insurance but new federal laws are designed to provide health coverage to everyone. As a result, this means that doctors and surgeons in Providence will likely be busier than ever before, and with the rise of patient numbers, comes a higher risk of surgical errors being made. One of the most common errors that can occur with negligent operating staff is leaving surgical sponges and other items inside the body.

Doctor error leads to termination of healthy fetus

You often hear people suggest that it is a good idea to get a second medical opinion because some people have been the victims of misdiagnosis. You may even have a friend or family member who went to more than one doctor in Providence after being told that they had a serious illness or health condition. Indeed, it is always a good idea to have a diagnosis confirmed by more than one doctor or health center in order to avoid becoming the victim of a physician error.

Rhode Island pondering benevolent gestures bill

Patients generally have a lot of trust and faith in their doctor's skills, and when they are the victims of medical errors, they can be devastated. What sometimes adds insult to injury is the fact that they fail to receive a simple apology from the doctor or some other form of sympathy. While spoken words will not fix a physician error that has caused the patient pain and further suffering, it can help the patient feel reassured that the doctor is a caring professional.

Medication errors raise concerns of healthcare electronic systems

Every day, more and more healthcare providers and institutions in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S. are using electronic systems for record keeping. While many praise the implementation of electronic records, some say that the potential of widespread prescription mistakes is increased. The wrong code selected or a number typed wrong could result in a patient receiving the wrong drug or an incorrect dosage of a drug. A problem in the software itself could multiply this problem, issuing the wrong dosage to every patient on that drug who is in the system.

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