Labels are important in a medical setting, since they help health providers keep things organized. This increases efficiency in medical care, which also maintains safety for patients in Rhode Island or in any other state. However, a mistake on a label in a medical setting can cause serious medical errors. This may have been what happened in a recent case of potential hospital negligence.
The issue centers upon a patient of a Veterans Administration hospital who recently passed away. It turns out that the hospital staff had mistakenly put an armband on the patient that was labeled "do not resuscitate." The patient died following a surgical procedure in mid-October. The 65-year-old former veteran was also a former marshal and deputy sheriff.