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What is a “never event” surgical mistake?

Not all instances of medical malpractice are the same. In some Rhode Island cases, healthcare providers may make errors that result in minor harms. On the other hand, certain types of medical interventions are at high risk for serious injuries. The invasiveness of surgical procedures, for example, increases the chance that an error will lead to a severe complication. As such, strong steps should be taken to eliminate all preventable surgical errors, which are also known as “never event” surgical mistakes.

Surgeon sued for not removing woman’s entire appendix

Doctors in Providence and throughout the rest of the U.S. are called upon daily to exercise their expertise and judgment in making fast decisions in attempts to save the lives of their patients. While some degree of allowance may be given in such circumstances, there are still basic standards of care in place that healthcare providers are expected to follow in nearly every medical and surgical encounter. A failure to do may easily be seen as doctor negligence by the patients who surrender themselves to those judgments.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of post-surgical sepsis

Every year, many clients come to us here at the offices of DeLuca and Weizenbaum, Ltd with complications stemming from surgical treatment. Patients in Providence agree to such treatment under the assumption that it will end any pain and suffering that they’re currently going through, or help to avoid problems in the future. Yet the mere act of surgery can also present a great risk. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that cases of post-surgical infection account for 31 percent of all hospital-acquired infections. Of these infections, post-surgical sepsis is among the most dangerous. In this post, we’ll examine the potential causes of this problem, as well as its signs and symptoms.

The facts behind hospital-acquired infections

Many of the people from Providence we speak with here at DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd. fear the prospect of an extended hospital stay. Yet when the body needs time to recover, a hospital can be the ideal place to begin such a recovery. That’s not to say, however, that staying in a hospital is without any risks.

The risks of rushing into LASIK surgery

Many of the cases seen here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum reaffirm the fact that no medical procedure is without risks. One such procedure that has become increasingly popular in Providence is LASIK eye surgery. Many view LASIK as a minimally-invasive path to guaranteed vision correction. Increasingly, an overzealousness by some doctors to recommend LASIK surgery, combined with the collective urgency of patients to abandon their eye glasses, has caused many to overlook its inherent risks.

Allegedly botched post-op care causes NFL cornerback to retire

Those who are forced to undergo surgical procedures in Providence no doubt have a great deal of confidence in their surgeons’ abilities to perform their procedures correctly. Unfortunately, a lot can still go wrong with a surgery even after the procedure itself is performed. Without adequate follow-up care, surgical patients run the risk of recurrence or developing other problems related to their recovery. Yet just as patients have the responsibility to follow the instructions of their doctors following surgery, those surgeons are also expected to deliver any follow-up care needed to help avoid any complications. A perceived failure to provide that care may be viewed as doctor negligence.

The reasons behind wrong-site surgeries

Doctors and surgeons are among the most respected working professionals in America, due in large part to dedication they have in mastering their craft. Yet despite all of their education and experience, these men and women are still human, and thus subject to the same errors as anyone else in Providence. Yet that fact still makes it no less shocking to hear of the mistakes made by doctors when treating patients. Among the most difficult to comprehend are cases when doctors perform surgery on the wrong body part.

Surgeon accused of leaving open-heart surgery before it was over

Most people in Providence probably aren't overly familiar with the healthcare provider hierarchy. Typically, their main concern is that the most qualified provider in the room at the time of their care is the one who is administering treatment. Providers, on the other hand, are well-versed in the standards of care for those areas in which they practice. Thus, they know exactly who and how many need be present at the time of a patient's procedure in order to be able to respond to sudden changes in the patient's condition. A failure to meet those staffing requirements could be viewed as surgical malpractice.

Cancer patient discovers that doctors removed wrong kidney

When patients in Providence walk into the doctor’s office, one thing that they won’t see is sign stating that the doctor offers a money back guarantee. Despite the many advances made in medical science, healthcare providers still may encounter limitations when it comes to accurately diagnosing all of the patients that they see. However, today’s diagnostic tools offer doctors views of what’s going on inside of their patients that their predecessors could only dream of. Those tools should be able to help providers avoid surgical mistakes. However, no amount of technology can eliminate human error.

Surgeon's mistake results in permanent nerve damage to patient

Patients in Providence want to be able to trust that the care that they receive from their doctors and surgeons is the absolute best. They also most likely hope that should complications arise, not only will their providers be able to deal with them, but also that they will be forthcoming about the work done during their procedures. If one continues to have pain following a procedures, or worse yet, end up in a worsened condition, he or she may be well served to seek a second opinion from another doctor who can provide an objective analysis of the other's work.

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