Medical Malpractice Archives

Avoiding an afternoon visit to the doctor

Ohio residents will want to think twice before scheduling an afternoon visit with their doctor. There are at least six good reasons to avoid a visit at that time, the first being that doctors and nurses, like other workers, suffer from the "afternoon slump" where fatigue increases and productivity decreases. Their work shifts go against the circadian rhythm and make them more prone to medical mistakes.

Study links widespread doctor burnout with medical errors

Results from a survey of more than 6,000 physicians suggest many doctors in Ohio and throughout the United States suffer from burnout. Furthermore, this added work-related fatigue and stress could increase the risk of medical errors. More than 10 percent of the health care professionals surveyed reported being responsible for at least one significant medical mistake within the previous three months. Investigators also concluded that burned out physicians were twice as likely to make a medical mistake.

Study shows Gaucher disease often misdiagnosed as PMF

Ohio residents who have been diagnosed with Gaucher disease know what's involved -- the body can no longer create a certain enzyme that breaks down fatty chemicals. This results in a fat buildup in bone marrow and certain organs, especially the liver and spleen. Since Gaucher disease shares similar symptoms with primary myelofibrosis, including liver and spleen enlargement, the two are often mistaken for each other.

Disclosure of personal information can harm patients

One Ohio woman unexpectedly became the recipient of a slew of people's private medical information after her personal home fax machine was somehow wrongly entered into a local hospital's system. Over the course of a year, the woman said that she began receiving multiple faxes from the hospital, many of which contained details of patients' personally identifiable information and medical histories. She noted that it seemed as if no one was present to check on the system's operation and the results of the repeated attempted faxes.

Study shows four-drug pancreatic cancer treatment is promising

Early-stage pancreatic cancer patients in Columbus may soon have a promising new treatment option. A recent study found that a four-drug chemotherapy treatment used for late-stage pancreatic cancer patients can help early-stage patients live significantly longer than the current standard chemo treatment.

Patient matching a crucial factor in healthcare sector

Residents of Ohio who are familiar with the private healthcare sector should be aware of current issues regarding the exchange of patient data. Patient matching errors are a major source of malpractice claims because they can result in patients suffering wrong-site surgeries or being prescribed the wrong medication. They could also result in a condition going undiagnosed or being diagnosed after a critical delay.

Mobile app could improve diagnostic accuracy

People living in Ohio may have heard that misdiagnosis is a common problem in the U.S. health care industry. To help combat the issue, physician-focused health apps are being developed to help doctors improve their diagnostic accuracy. However, until now, none of these apps have been evaluated to determine if they really help patients.

Software shows potential to reduce radiology errors

Accurate diagnoses for medical patients in Ohio often relies on the results of tests like ultrasounds and X-rays. A research team that studied the efficacy of a software system meant to catch data entry errors made by radiologists and sonographers found significant potential to reduce mistakes that could lead to a misdiagnosis and delayed or ineffective treatment.

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