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.
Sepsis and septic shock are potentially life-threatening complications that can arise from an infection. When an infection in the body goes untreated or mistreated, sepsis can set in and trigger inflammatory reactions throughout the body. These reactions can damage multiple organs and result in system failure when not treated promptly.
A recent study has shown that patients have a higher risk of suffering death, a heart attack or stroke following a surgery, and it doesn't matter whether the surgery involves the heart. In fact, these kinds of complications happen in approximately 3 percent of patients who are hospitalized for non-cardiac-related surgeries in the United States.
A sudden sharp pain in your chest surprised you, and then you realized you couldn't take a deep breath without the pain getting worse. You begin to feel anxious, but you think you might just have a pulled muscle. After friends urge you to do so, you head to the hospital. They think you might be suffering from a pulmonary embolism.
Pulmonary embolism (PE) can be life threatening and is often misdiagnosed. In fact, 1 in 3 patients presenting symptoms in an emergency room will be misdiagnosed. PE is a condition that occurs when there is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. A common cause for the blockage is a clot that travels up to the lung from another part of the body.
Misdiagnosis of an illness or disease can have detrimental and sometimes even fatal results. This is why the CDC has launched a public awareness campaign about sepsis. Sepsis is a complication that can occur when the body reacts badly to an infection. It can cause tissue damage, organ failure, and even result in death. And it is often missed in emergency rooms.
As Arizona residents may have heard, a recently-published book alleges that some hospitals in the United States favor influential patients. The book claims that wealthy individuals may receive special treatment. In addition, the author postulates that being hospitalized in mid-summer may be less than advantageous and possibly risky.
As people in Arizona may be aware, many medical facilities have changed from paper-based medical records to electronic ones. These electronic medical records have been touted within the healthcare industry as helping to prevent medical errors and resulting medical malpractice lawsuits. It has been demonstrated, however, that the use of the records can cause medical errors and the EMRs can actually support a finding of liability in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
As Arizona residents may know, 200,000 patients die annually because of preventable medical error. There is an effort underway to change that, but its success is often a casualty of traditional attitudes. A study published in 2005 elaborated on interactions between health care workers and documented that a layer of silence prevents mistakes from coming to light.
Long-time smokers in Arizona who are on Medicare now have the option of getting tested for lung cancer once a year, according to an announcement Medicare made in February 2015. To qualify for a yearly spiral CT scan, Medicare recipients must be between 55 and 77 years old and have smoked about one pack of cigarettes every day for at least 30 years.