Rare cancers present unique difficulties for medical professionals, but that does not mean they can't be properly treated. Medical malpractice law holds doctors and other health care professionals in Ohio to a professional standard of care. With rare cancers, there may be an increased risk of misdiagnosis, limited treatment options and a limited number of specialists available. Most of the data about especially rare types of cancer comes from individual case studies because there are not enough patients for larger group studies or clinical trials.
The vision many Ohio residents have of medical malpractice is not a pretty one. The thought of a botched surgery often comes vividly to mind. However, surgical errors are among the least common types of medical malpractice mistakes committed by doctors and other medical professionals.
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).