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What is a “never event” surgical mistake?

Not all instances of medical malpractice are the same. In some Rhode Island cases, healthcare providers may make errors that result in minor harms. On the other hand, certain types of medical interventions are at high risk for serious injuries. The invasiveness of surgical procedures, for example, increases the chance that an error will lead to a severe complication. As such, strong steps should be taken to eliminate all preventable surgical errors, which are also known as “never event” surgical mistakes.

Surgical site infections due to doctor negligence

Today, advanced surgical technologies allow doctors and surgeons in Cranston to perform interventions that were once believed to have  been impossible. When prepping for surgical procedures, many patients may take the view that their upcoming procedures are routine and without risks. However, it should be remembered that even though today’s surgeries are typically performed by skilled professionals in sterile environments using state-of-the-art equipment, the threat of surgical complications still remains. One such threat is the risk of acquiring a surgical site infection.

Pinpointing the reasons behind medication mix-ups

For those clients that come to us here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum after having suffered from a dangerous drug reaction, their first question is often how could skilled doctors and pharmacists could make these mistakes. Often, prescription errors are chalked up to poor communication between providers. However, as we’ll discuss in this post, medication mix-ups aren’t always that simple.

Why are heart attacks misdiagnosed more in women than in men?

Many in Pawtucket may be under the same assumption regarding heart disease and heart attacks that the rest to the country is. That assumption typically is that men are more much more likely to die from a heart attack than women are. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. In fact, information collected by the American Heart Association and shared by CNN shows that 62 percent of women survive their first heart attack, as opposed to 77 percent of men.

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