In a recent post, we talked about the concern the Food and Drug Administration expressed over the use of robotic surgeons in relation to surgeon errors. These robotic systems are controlled by surgeons and when a surgeon makes an error in judgment, a routine surgery can become much more complicated. It takes special training and concentration on the part of the surgeon to correctly operate a robotic surgeon. People in Providence may want to examine a robot surgery decision more carefully in the light of the recent action taken against a surgeon.
The effects that a patient suffers from when surgical errors are made can be quite severe. Some patients experience complications such as infections or a worsened condition while others must deal with additional surgeries, unsightly scarring or even permanent damage to limbs and organs. When a routine surgery takes a turn for the worse in a Providence hospital, it can take patients months or even years to fully recover, if they recover at all.
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 residents in Providence are told that they need surgery, they may wish to examine the surgical error rate for the hospital where the surgery will take place. Surgical mistakes continue to occur in hospitals in and around Rhode Island and might actually be increasing.
For Providence residents who have little contact with the healthcare providers outside their regular doctor, it can be difficult to select a surgeon or other medical specialist. Undoubtedly they have questions regarding a surgeon's success rate, the quality of their work, and the number of surgical errors that professional has made. For the answers they turn to the person that they trust the most, which is usually their doctor or nurse.
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.
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.
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.
Rhode Island Hospital has been fined $300,000 for a surgical error that left a piece of broken drill bit in a patient's skull. The Rhode Island Department of Health has twice previously fined the hospital, but this is the largest fine it has received thus far.