Medical Malpractice Archives

Improving time outs can reduce risks for wrong-site surgeries

Ohio residents may be shocked to hear that analysts estimate there are roughly 20 to 40 wrong-site surgeries being performed every week in the U.S. Such errors are frequently made during orthopedic, dental and spinal surgeries. The most common type of WSS is the laterality surgery (on a left or right organ or extremity).

Electronic health records can pose problems

Ohio parents may be disturbed to hear that the medical records systems that have been introduced to hospitals and clinics across the country in order to improve efficiency and record-keeping may actually help to endanger their children's lives. Medication errors are one of the most common types of physician errors, including an incorrect medication or an incorrect dosage. Because children often require adjusted dosages based on their size and age, mistakes with medication can have particularly serious effects when children are involved. However, some of the problems with electronic health records may make it more difficult to ensure that children receive correct care.

Misdiagnosis the reason behind most malpractice claims

Ohio residents should know that diagnostic errors may be the third leading cause of death among hospitalized patients (as per the National Academy of Medicine in 2015). Now, two separate reports show that misdiagnosis is the source of most medical malpractice claims involving both inpatient and outpatient care.

Misdiagnosis common in fibromyalgia cases

The results of a recent study indicate that there is only a fair level of agreement between criteria-based and clinical diagnoses in cases of fibromyalgia. Misdiagnoses of Ohio patients can lead to significant damages and may constitute medical malpractice. The study, which was published in Arthritis Care & Research, involved 497 patients who completed the 2010 American College of Rheumatology questionnaire and the Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire. After they finished the questionnaires, the results were compared.

Colorectal cancer misdiagnosed among younger patients

Ohioans under the age of 50 with colorectal cancer are more likely than their elder counterparts to be misdiagnosed, according to a study by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. The study indicated that 71 percent of colorectal cancer patients under age 50 have cancer at stage 3 or 4. On the other hand, patients over age 50 are more likely to have stage 1 or 2 cancer. The discrepancy has been blamed on misdiagnoses by doctors and other health care providers.

Study shows how MS is often misdiagnosed

A recently published study has found that the misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis is not uncommon at two MS-specializing centers. Patients across Ohio will want to know what the researchers found since the trend that was revealed could affect them, too. The study was conducted by a clinical team at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and the two centers in question were at Cedars-Sinai and at UCLA.

Why patients struggle to get a migraine diagnosis

Ohio residents who have a migraine could experience symptoms that mimic other common conditions. For instance, if a person has recently experienced a concussion, a doctor may believe a headache or sensitivity to light are signs of post-concussion syndrome. If an individual experiences nausea or vomiting, a doctor may suspect a panic attack. In some cases, panic attacks can be brought on by the presence of a migraine or not knowing why symptoms are occurring.

Tests for diagnosing bladder cancer and its spread

There are a multitude of tests that are available for finding cancer in Ohio patients and for seeing where if and where it has spread. No test is accurate enough, though, to be able to screen the general population for bladder cancer, so many are diagnosed with it only after they experience symptoms.

Why medical record errors occur and why they may not be remedied

Ohio residents and other patients may have the ability to store their medical records electronically. However, it is still possible that errors will be made. In fact, one academic believes that up to 70 percent of patient records have some sort of mistake on them. One woman found out that her records showed she had two children and diabetes; that would have meant having her first child at age 13, but she had never been pregnant before. She found out about the diabetes mistake after being asked about her blood sugar during a doctor's appointment.

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