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Should you check your medical records for errors?

If you are like most people, you probably assume that doctors and nurses are keeping good medical records regarding your health and treatment. You may, however, want to rethink those assumptions.

According to a recent report from Kaiser Health News, medical record errors happen far more often than you may think--and these errors can result in dangerous medical mistakes when you need treatment in the future.

Worsening Parkinson's disease or encephalitis?

A recent report published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology calls medical professionals to watch for encephalitis in patients diagnosed with other neurological disorders, like Parkinson disease.

Encephalitis may present as rapidly worsening neurological disorder

The case involves a 71-year-old woman diagnosed with Parkinson's. Two years after her diagnosis she began having difficulty moving her left arm. The medical team initially believed this development was a symptom of her previously diagnosed Parkinson's. Within months, the woman also experienced increased difficulty swallowing and moving other parts of her body. 

What mothers can do to prepare for childbirth

Most expecting parents will take the time to decorate the nursery or read parenting books before their new child arrives into the world. Often, the delivery itself is overlooked by new parents due to the excitement of parenting.

Luckily, preparing for the delivery can be relatively easy for most mothers. It only requires a few additional steps at home and working with an appropriate doctor to make labor easier on the mother. 

VTE connected to maternal mortality in U.S.

The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates compared to developed countries with similar resources. Many of these deaths are avoidable. One example: deaths related to VTE.

What is VTE? Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs when a blood clot forms deep within the venous system of a patient's leg, groin or arm. This clot then travels throughout the circulatory system. Complications arise when the clot reaches the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism (PE).

Doctors wrongly diagnose encephalitis as a mental illness

While on a family vacation in Florida, a young woman experienced a panic attack. The woman had never suffered from panic attacks or anxiety in the past. Yet the symptoms continued to get worse. After seeking medical treatment upon her return home, medical professionals diagnosed the woman with bipolar disorder.

The diagnosis was a surprise. The family did everything they could to treat the disorder. They agreed to commit her into a psychiatric ward for additional treatment. Her condition continued to deteriorate and she suffered a seizure.

Common complications with the pregnancy and birth of twins

When you received news that you were expecting more than one baby, you probably felt a mixture of excitement and worry. Many people know that carrying multiples comes with an increased level of risk, compared to carrying a single baby.

But what exactly are those risks? And can they be prevented? Here are just a few of the common complications associated with giving birth to twins:

When is placental abruption a sign of medical malpractice?

Parents often prepare for the birth of a child by seeking prenatal care. This form of medical care generally involves multiple visits to an obstetrician, gynecologist or other medical specialists to discuss basic prenatal care and take tests to measure and monitor the health of the mother and baby.

These medical professionals are also expected to watch for complications that may arise during pregnancy. One example is a placental abruption.

Strokes and medical malpractice

According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds-and someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. In fact, strokes are the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S.

With nearly 800,000 Americans suffering from a stroke every year, chances are you or someone you know will enter a hospital exhibiting one of these signs of stroke:

Medical errors continue to pose problems in hospitals

Medical errors continue to pose a problem in hospitals throughout the country. Researchers with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report an estimated 200,000 patients are fatally injured every year due to preventable medical errors.

Some of the more common examples of medical errors in hospitals include:

Failure to diagnose sepsis, meningitis leads to young man's death

A 21-year-old college student knew he was very ill. He went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and told medical professionals he "felt like he was dying." Nevertheless, the medical staff discharged the young man without treatment.

Later that day, he was rushed back to the hospital. He died within hours of his second visit. 

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