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Lawsuit claims surgical error caused permanent injuries

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.

Thousands of patients experience surgical errors each year

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.

Surgical mistakes continue to cause death, injury to patients

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.

Nurse claims surgical mistakes hidden within healthcare system

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.

Study shows serious surgical errors can occur from distractions

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.

Study: post-surgical medical mistakes more common than you think

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 Fined for Leaving Drill-bit Part in Patient's Head

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.

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