When people in Ohio go to a doctor for their painful symptoms, they expect to receive a correct diagnosis. Vasculitis is one condition that can be dangerous. The inflammation of blood vessels can destroy arteries and veins, and the disorder can be painful and serious, leading to damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and other major organs. Therefore, many physicians want to begin treatment as quickly as possible when vasculitis is diagnosed in order to prevent further damage. However, quick treatment can lead to major problems when a misdiagnosis is involved.
One study, the results of which have been published in the journal Diagnosis, shows that 34% of medical malpractice claims stem from misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses. Researchers further discovered that three conditions, in particular, were most susceptible to these errors. The "Big Three," of which Ohio residents should be aware, are infection, vascular events and cancer.
Some 12 million people in Ohio and across the U.S. suffer as a result of a diagnostic error in a primary care setting. Now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses are behind one in three malpractice claims involving a serious disability or death. Therefore, they are the leading reason behind serious medical errors.
Researchers have found that over 400 medical practices, all of them very common, are in fact ineffective. The results of the study, which were published in eLife, are intended to help clinicians and researchers in Ohio and across the U.S. care for patients more effectively and more economically.
Ohio residents who believe they were harmed through the negligence of a doctor, nurse or other medical personnel should know that proving this is perhaps the hardest step in medical malpractice claims. It is one thing to prove that the defendant failed to live up to an accepted standard of medical care, but it is another to link this with the injury.
Alzheimer's can be a devastating illness for patients in Ohio and their families. However, some people with an Alzheimer's diagnosis may actually have a different form of dementia. Scientists say that the search for a cure is not affected by the discovery, but it is important to understand the differences between the two in order to learn more about how and why people develop dementia.
When patients go to an Ohio hospital or visit the doctor, they may expect to receive relief from the conditions that have been troubling them. However, medication errors pose a serious threat to patient safety. They are also some of the most common types of medical errors experienced by patients. However, the creation of a standard training regimen could help to reduce these types of prescription errors and the side effects that can follow.
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).
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.
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.