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Could time of day have an impact on surgical error?

Medical institutions, including surgical centers, are frequently reviewing their methods and histories to better understand why complications occur. Sometimes, people are harmed during a surgery due to the failure of a surgeon, whether the individual is fatigued, ill-prepared or negligent in some other way. A surgical error can lead to serious problems for a patient, potentially causing greater disability or even death. Individuals in Rhode Island may be interested to learn about recent published research that shows that the time of a surgery can affect complications due to surgery. 

Woman seeks award for surgical error

A mistake during surgery has left one woman suffering from the effects. The individual suffered a cut to her rectum during a laproscopic surgery to treat her endometriosis. She is seeking awards for her economic and non-economic damages due to the surgical error. Although the incident did not occur in Rhode Island, local individuals may be interested to learn of her story and perhaps compare it to their own experience. 

Surgical malpractice risks include medication, timely referral

In December of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration released a warning on some anesthesia and sedative drugs, stating that their use in children may lead to negative neurological and behavioral effects. The FDA later released an update on the issue, stating that medically necessary surgeries should not be delayed because of anesthesia concerns, but that a delay of potentially elective surgeries should be given consideration. The announcements have some Rhode Island surgeons considering the effects of the new information on risks of surgical malpractice

Rhode Island: Surgical error is preventable with precautions

Most patients go into surgery with faith in their physicians. They hope, at least, the correct site will be operated on and no surgical error will be made. In Rhode Island over a decade ago, one hospital was guilty of allowing five wrong-site surgeries to happen within a span of three years resulting in fines and policy changes. When physicians make serious errors, patients must turn to medical malpractice lawsuits to rectify the situation. 

Doctor mistakes man’s left for right testicle during surgery

Perhaps the most devastating consequence of medical and surgical errors in Providence County is the loss of confidence in healthcare providers that the people who suffer through them are left with. It may be understandable that doctors and surgeons will make an occasional error in judgment, yet most would expect them to be able to avoid blatant mistakes like wrong site surgeries. As such issues are typically attributed to a simple lack of planning and verification, one can only assume that surgeons who commit such errors can only claim carelessness as the reason for making them.

Errors from separate surgeries cited in lawsuit

Whenever a patient seeks surgical treatment at any of the hospitals or medical centers in Providence County, the potential exists for there to be complications. Such issues may arise due to errors made during the performance of a procedure itself, or a failure to render adequate care during the post-operative period. While the mechanisms of these complications may differ (e.g. intraoperative issues, surgical site infections), the results that they produce are often the same: severe impairments that can dramatically alter one's standard of living.

Do people really wake up during surgery?

Like many people in Providence County, you have likely heard stories of patients waking up during their surgeries and dismissed them as being just that: stories. Anesthetic agents make it possible for doctors and surgeons to perform many of the life-saving treatments they offer. However, as outlandish as it may seem, it is possible for you to regain a level of consciousness during surgery (the clinical term for such an incident is referred to as “anesthesia awareness”).

Malpractice lawsuit against medical center ends in mistrial

Those in Providence County who file medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors, hospitals and/or other parties may believe that settlements in their cases are all but guaranteed. Perhaps that comes from an assumption that all such action is successful, because a majority of the news stories covering such cases detail successful outcomes for the plaintiffs. However, it should be remembered that such cases are typically argued in front of juries, and as is the case in a jury trial, consenting opinions amongst those hearing the case could result in a mistrial.

Why should you not eat or drink before surgery?

If you have ever been scheduled for surgery in Providence County, then you likely remember being told by your surgeon to not eat or drink anything for 24 yours prior to your procedure. Some may tell you that this is unnecessary and that it is only requested in order for providers to avoid liability. Yet in reality, there are clinical reasons for not eating prior to surgery. One reason is to help decrease the chances of you feeling nauseous and vomiting after your procedure, which could cause sutures to tear. Another reason is to help avoid infections. While these may be viewed as minor complications, one major problem can arise from eating before surgery.

Dealing with a wrong site surgery

Of all of the expectations that you may have of your healthcare providers in Providence County, the most basic may be that they know which area or body part needs to be treated whenever you go in for surgery. Yet for many of the clients that we here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum have worked with, even that basic expectation is not met. Most may imagine a wrong site surgery as being a grandiose error such as a doctor amputating that wrong body part. In truth, however, these errors can go far beyond that.

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