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.
Patients in Ohio should be aware of a poll that showed physicians and nurses feel differently about the subject of hour caps for surgeons and others in operating rooms. The poll asked whether surgeons should have capped hours to reduce mistakes. Researchers found that 57 percent of physicians and 87 percent of nurses said they agreed with an hour cap. Furthermore, 9 percent of nurses and 10 percent of physicians were not sure. The nurses were more likely to believe that everyone's hours should be capped, including nurses and anesthesiologists.
Patients in Ohio may be particularly concerned to hear that medical errors are the third most common cause of death in the U.S. Each day, over 500 people die of causes associated with preventable medical mistakes. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine published a report that said roughly 100,000 Americans lose their lives every year due to doctor or hospital mistakes, and statistics indicate that the number may have only increased since then. One 2016 report said that patient deaths may amount to over 250,000 annually due to medical mistakes.
Some Ohio residents might be dismayed to learn that in Florida, a surgeon removed a kidney from a woman scheduled for surgery on her back. The woman had had a car accident years earlier and had suffered from back pain ever since. The surgery was to fuse the bones in her lower back.
When parents and their children in Ohio receive a diagnosis of pediatric brain cancer, the future can be frightening. Because treatment is so critical to saving children's lives and preventing the disease from advancing, a correct diagnosis is essential. However, scientific advances have revealed that many childhood brain cancer diagnoses are actually incorrect. One kind of tumor is frequently identified as another, and the differences are not detectable without newer, specialized tests that examine the molecular profiles of cancerous tumors.
The ECRI Institute has released its 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report, which ranks the hazards according to the priority they should receive. Medical professionals in addition to Ohio residents about to undergo surgery or another procedure will want to see whether any of these hazards might affect them personally. Topping the list of threats is hackers who target health care systems' remote access feature.
Doctors in Ohio and around the country may have a hard time diagnosing Lewy body dementia (LBD). However, it is important that an accurate diagnosis be made as soon as possible. This is because an early diagnosis may allow for treatment that could provide a patient with a greater quality of life for a longer period of time. It may also provide a greater quality of life for those who are tasked with caring for LBD patients.
Every nine minutes, a patient in Ohio or elsewhere in the U.S. dies because of a delayed or incorrect diagnosis. That means that as many as 80,000 people die each year because of an improper diagnosis. An effort called ACT for Better Diagnosis is aiming to reduce the negative impact of misdiagnosis. It has identified several different factors making it more likely that a medical error will happen when diagnosing a patient.
Every year, men in Ohio and around the country are diagnosed with prostate cancer. When determining the stage that the cancer has reached, doctors often use positron emission tomography (PET) scans to determine whether the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body. These scans often measure levels of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) found in the body. Because this enzyme is particularly expressive, it can be especially useful for imaging technology used to diagnose cancer and determine treatment regimens.
All it takes is one medication oversight to trigger an adverse reaction that may seriously affect a patient's health and quality of life. Realistically, not all medication errors that may occur in Ohio are entirely preventable. Oftentimes, it's not until a serious or fatal reaction affects a patient that risks previously overlooked become clear. For this reason, increasing the awareness of less-obvious medication safety risks may lead to improvements with the management of patient and drug information and communications among staff and medical professionals.