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Birthing positions and potential delivery complications

When asked to envision the birthing process, most in Providence County would likely picture a woman either in a supine or partial sitting position with her legs or knees elevated. Indeed, information shared by the website EvidenceBasedBirth.com shows variations of this position to be the preferred delivery position in over 92 percent of deliveries in the U.S. However, some studies seem to suggest that delivering a baby in this position may actually increase the risk of an adverse event.

What can go wrong with LASIK surgery?

LASIK has become a common elective surgical procedure in Providence County and throughout the U.S. in recent years. Countless people may see it as a way to correct near-and farsightedness and astigmatism. However, like all surgical procedures, it is not without its risks. Proponents of LASIK may champion it largely due to its low error rate, which, according to WedMD, is estimated to be between 2 and 5 percent. Unfortunately, if you happen to fall into that demographic, the results of your LASIK errors can be devastating.

Understanding conditions that mimic the symptoms of others

It may be difficult for many in Providence County to understand how a trained medical professional can misdiagnose a patient. Yet as we at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD can attest to, the potential for human error can never be completely taken out of the patient-provider equation. One problem may be that there are a number of non-life threatening conditions out there that mimic much more serious problems.

Defining medication omission errors

Most people in Providence County would likely associate errors involving a patient's medication to instances where he or she was either given an incorrect dosage of a prescribed medication or administered the wrong medication altogether. While such errors certainly rank among the more common types of medication errors, another less-apparent yet potentially as damaging a mistake is a medication omission. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists defines an omission error as "the failure to administer an ordered dose to a patient before the next scheduled dose, if any."

What is blood contamination?

Every year, countless people in Providence County receive life-saving blood transfusions. If you have received such treatment, then the thought of whether or not the blood being used was safe likely never crossed your mind. Yet what if it was not? Even the best sterile environments may not be able to offer complete protection against the invasion of bacteria into blood products. If you happen to receive contaminated blood, the results could be fatal.

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