New scientific breakthroughs in the field of medicine offer newer and often better treatment alternatives to Providence patients all of the time. Yet many of these advances in treatment methodologies and technologies can take a while to gain footing within the medical community. Others, despite initial indications of success, end up doing more harm than good and quickly fall out of favor with doctors. Yet there are often certain providers that choose to employ some these unconventional methods and tools despite their lack of support from their colleagues. When they produce the desired results, these doctors and surgeons are heralded as innovators. However, when they don't, they open themselves up to issues of liability.
The discovery of modern medicines and vaccinations has helped to save and prolong life, as well as to cure and, in some cases, even eradicate the occurrence of some diseases. Yet prescription-strength medications are a double-edged sword in that just as they can prove beneficial in treating ailments, they can also be instrumental in causing others. Doctors, PAs, and nurses should all be aware of this fact, as they should be of the potential consequences a patient in Providence faces in the event that they are incorrectly medicated.
Many in Providence may be surprised when they visit their doctors and find them often hesitant to give out prescription-strength medications. Yet what they may not realize is that doctors understand what many of their patients do not: that medications can be as likely to harm as they are to heal. Overmedication has been an issue that medical professionals have faced for years. And recent data and events have shown that there are certain portions of the population that are at a greater risk of being overmedicated.
The relationship between a Providence doctor and a patient is founded on trust. A patient must have confidence that a doctor will always have their best interest at heart and be motivated by the need to heal those that are sick. Nowadays there are technological advancements in prescription medication that can cure illness and manage pain. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors use their powers to prescribe these medications to others for motivations that are beyond the scope of healing individuals. Whether it is to facilitate the recreational use of prescription painkillers, or simple financial gain, some medical professionals will continually dispense harmful drugs to patients without thinking about the dangerous side effects that may occur.
Medication has played an important role in the treatment of many diseases and ailments but it also needs to be handled with respect by health care professionals in Providence. A medication error could cause new health issues for a patient or even lead to their death. Negligent pharmaceutical companies have been known to cause severe distress to patients after sending out medications that were tainted and when it comes to experimental medicines, there is often little knowledge about what risks they may pose to a patient.
Every year people die because they have taken the wrong kind of medication. It is common for Providence residents to trust their doctor completely when it comes to the prescription drugs they receive, but pharmacy negligence or a misunderstanding from the doctor themselves, can put people unnecessarily at harm. Overmedication, the wrong dose, and even the wrong type of medication can lead to worsened conditions, new health issues and can even be fatal.
Every day, more and more healthcare providers and institutions in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S. are using electronic systems for record keeping. While many praise the implementation of electronic records, some say that the potential of widespread prescription mistakes is increased. The wrong code selected or a number typed wrong could result in a patient receiving the wrong drug or an incorrect dosage of a drug. A problem in the software itself could multiply this problem, issuing the wrong dosage to every patient on that drug who is in the system.
As hospitals and doctors in Rhode Island make the switch from paper records to electronic health records systems - otherwise known as EHRS -- it is important for them to understand the impact that errors with these systems can have on patient care. The information recently gathered from a study may be of assistance to companies building these systems, as well as to hospitals and clinics implementing them.
When a patient visits his or her doctor, whether the patient is in Rhode Island or some other part of the country, a certain amount of trust is required. The patient must trust the doctor to know what type of drug, and how much of that drug, is safe enough to take. While doctors can make drug errors, every once in a while there is a doctor accused of flagrant disregard for the health and safety of his or her patients. Such is the case with a doctor in another part of the country.
In every field, new technologies and tools are constantly being developed to increase accuracy and efficiency. The medical field is no exception. As more hospitals and clinics adopt widespread use of electronic health records there are additional tools that may also greatly help reduce instances of medication errors.