Anesthesia allows people in Providence to be operated on without feeling any pain and in most cases the administration of it is a smooth process. However, because multiple drugs are often used, drug mix-ups could prove fatal to a patient since the drugs may control the heartbeat and pulse of the person under their influence. It is therefore imperative that hospital personnel, the anesthesiologist and the surgeon take special care to ensure that patients are receiving the right drugs and the right dosage.
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.
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.
When we look at history, it is easy to point out that the lack of education in hygiene and proper medical procedures contributed to many deaths. During the Civil War, thousands of soldiers died because doctors had little knowledge about infections and fevers. However, today we have a vast amount of information and have made significant breakthroughs when it comes to caring for the sick. Yet the number of doctor errors being made seems to indicate that something is still missing.
With a shortage of doctors, those in the medical profession will have even more patients to care for as more and more people get access to affordable and regular health care. This could lead to increased risks of doctor errors being made.
When you undergo a surgical procedure, you are essentially putting your life in the hands of your surgeon, regardless of how minor the procedure may be. You trust the surgeon to pay attention to what they are doing and use good judgment.
We all have a right to quality medical care regardless of our station in life or whether we are homeless in Rhode Island or elsewhere. When you or a loved one go to an emergency room for diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition, you have a right to expect to be treated with dignity and respect and for your medical symptoms to heard. That was not the case for one woman who arrived at a health center only to be arrested for refusing to leave the facility until her severe pain was treated.
The 2005 federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act is a federal law that encourages physicians, pharmacies and hospitals to report medical errors and related information to organizations involved in patient safety by shielding these reports from becoming exposed publically. Now two unrelated cases in another state are questioning the law's reach and the outcome could affect other states, including Rhode Island.
Four years after the birth of their daughter, a family has settled a lawsuit that claimed a delayed C-section at the hospital resulted in their child suffering a brain injury. Anyone in Rhode Island or elsewhere can really sympathize with this family after reading this story. It begins in January of 2007 when the mother was scheduled to have a C-section, just like she had in her prior births. At 39 weeks into her pregnancy she went to the hospital where she was placed on an external fetal heart monitor by medical staff.
Most doctors and physicians in Rhode Island and around the country fully understand the medical liability risks their practice presents, but there are events that can occur that will not fall under the general definition of medical malpractice, and thus may not be covered under ordinary malpractice insurance. Take for example a case recently discussed in an industry publication where a family sued a hospital and several of its staff members claiming medical negligence after their newborn child suffered a brain injury due to a case of jaundice that went untreated.