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”).
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.
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.
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.
When you present as a patient at a hospital or healthcare facility in Providence County, you likely have (at the very least) one basic expectation: cleanliness. You anticipate that the rooms will be treated in have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and that those treating you follow strict hygiene standards. Yet what if you were told that when it comes to latter, that expectation is not always being met? In fact, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that many healthcare providers clean their hands less than half as often as they should.
People in Providence County may view the potential of a person having the wrong body part operated on almost jokingly. After all, few may attribute the incompetence assumed to be involved in such an error to doctors and surgeons, who for the most part are viewed by the general public as being very learned individuals. Those who claim that wrong site surgeries are few and far between seem to be supported by evidence. Information shared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that such errors only occur in one of every 112,000 surgical cases. However, the AHRQ recognizes that data only reflects operating room procedures, and not surgical cases performed outside of the OR. Indeed, it is estimated that as many as half of such errors occur in these settings.
When you are scheduled for surgery in Providence County, you may feel as though the only provider that you are placing your trust and confidence in is your surgeon. In reality, however, complex surgical procedures are almost never performed by a single provider. Your procedure will typically require an entire surgical team if it is to be completed successfully. Understanding who the various team members are and what their responsibilities may be during your surgery may be helpful information for you to have prior to entering into the operating room.
Like most in Providence County, you are likely familiar with the concept of a liability waiver. Such a document is typically offered by an activity or service provider, and your signing it may preclude you from seeking legal action should something go wrong. Yet do such documents exist in healthcare? They do, however you may not be aware of when and where you encounter them. It happens when you the sign for consent for treatment.
While surgical science may have come a long way in recent years, the experiences of many of those we help here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD have taught us that cutting into the human body is rarely routine. While the potential for complications should not scare you away from having necessary surgery in Providence County, you should still know that problems may occur even after your surgery is completed. One such problem is a surgical site infection.
Every year, countless people in Providence County receive life-saving blood transfusions. If you have received such treatment, then the thought of whether or not the blood being used was safe likely never crossed your mind. Yet what if it was not? Even the best sterile environments may not be able to offer complete protection against the invasion of bacteria into blood products. If you happen to receive contaminated blood, the results could be fatal.