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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most have a strong confidence that the hospitals, medical centers, and clinics throughout Providence devote a lot of effort into making sure that their patients are treated in the most sterile environment possible. The expectation is that standards are in place to ensure that every room is properly cleaned and every instrument is sterilized prior to use. Such expectations may seem like a “no-brainer,” yet the truth behind those standards is that they were often created as a result of past surgical errors. Even with the strictest protocols in place, there’s still nothing that can prevent human error from causing such a standard to not be met again.
People put an enormous amount of trust in their healthcare providers in Providence, and in most cases, that trust is repaid with excellent treatment. However, healthcare providers aren’t infallible. One may argue that they’re only human, and the standards which they are held to are too high. However, the type of specialty work that they do, and the potential impact for good or bad that it can have on the patients that they treat, requires an extremely high standard of care. If and when those standards aren’t met, the consequences can be devastating for the patient.
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.