Every day, hundreds of surgeries are performed on patients. While most procedures run smoothly, some patients are not quite so lucky. For any Providence residents who have been the victim of a surgeon mistake, the effects can be life changing. Some patients have developed a blood infection, some struggle with simple movement in one of their arms or legs, and some patients have even died. The sad truth is that some surgical errors can easily be avoided if the surgeon, or the surgical staff, had taken an extra moment to double check the patient and what is required.
Four years ago, a young woman lost her father to an infection he contracted while in Rhode Island Hospital for esophageal cancer. Now that young woman wants to spread the word about the dangers of hospital infections and specifically the condition known as sepsis. Her father died after going into septic shock twice, the second time proved fatal. The family was told by doctors that the man beat the cancer and had a new lease on life. Doctors recommended the 48-year-old man undergo surgery to remove the part of his esophagus that had been infected by the cancer.
Rhode Island residents who have undergone surgery or know someone who has may be interested in this latest study which claims that post-op patients recovering from surgery should expect upwards of four or five medical procedural mistakes during their hospital recovery. And even more alarming - half of the mistakes have the potential to cause them serious harm. Although the study was not conducted in the United States, one U.S. doctor who specializes in patient safety said the study's findings are symbolic of what transpires in teaching hospitals in the U.S.
Some hospitals devote a tremendous amount of time and resources to prevent medical errors and improve the overall quality of patient care. However, others appear to be more negligent when it comes to ensuring patient safety. A new report of hospital safety rankings suggests that the importance of patient safety can vary greatly from state to state.
After completing medical school, new doctors begin their careers in medicine by completing a medical residency in which they work unimaginably grueling hours under the supervision of other licensed physicians. In 2011, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, known as ACGME, changed the restrictions placed upon medical residents' work hours. However, the implications of the new changes have been debated among those in the medical profession.
When it comes to your health, you should not take any chances. In order to make the best decisions, you need to have all the information available; but nowadays, with the changes in modern medicine, we are often left waiting for doctor's offices to call us when we should be calling them. Waiting for test results can be a dangerous game.
Electronic medical records have been widely touted as a way to maximize efficiency in the American health care system. Indeed, the push to abandon paper records is so strong that the federal government is spending $27 billion over the next 10 years to induce hospitals and doctors' offices to purchase electronic record-keeping systems.
For heart attack patients, time is critical. Heat attack misdiagnosis or delays in heart attack treatment can lead to serious health consequences including death. In the world of heart attack treatment, minutes can mean saving a life, preventing further damage to the heart and improving the likelihood of recovery.
Communication is key for patient safety and treatment in emergency rooms in Rhode Island and across the country. Mistakes made simply because a doctor or nurse did not get information from someone else that they needed to make a proper diagnosis, decision to admit or discharge order, are entirely avoidable.
It is widely believed that digitizing medical records will reduce the number of medical malpractice claims in the long term. But, in the short term, chances are good that claims of medical negligence will actually increase.