Diagnostic errors result in serious, often fatal, injuries to patients. Two new studies delve into this common medical mistake and provide valuable information for patients and the medical community.
What happens if a radiologist reads an image quickly? Is the speed the result of expertise or does a quick read time increase a patient’s risk of diagnostic error? A recent study dug into these questions.
Physicians often use voice dictation or transcription services to help keep medical records or put together discharge instructions for patients. Although convenient, the process can lead to errors.
Seeking justice for an injury that results from negligent medical care requires vigilance. Justice can take time. A recent case provides an example.
Medical professionals generally associate colorectal cancer as a disease most likely in older members of the population. This serious disease often presents with symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, bloody stools, gas, cramps, fatigue and unexplained weight loss. Patients presenting with these symptoms may require additional testing to determine if cancer is present. This can include a colonoscopy.
A relatively young and healthy woman is unlikely to be concerned about suffering from a heart attack. She may not think to see a doctor if she experiences unexpected chest pain. If this pain leads her to go in to the Emergency Department (ED), she may agree when a doctor writes it off as stress or heartburn.
Colorectal cancer rates are rising in people under the age of 50—and yet many doctors still believe that this type of cancer doesn’t occur in young people. Indeed, a recent survey suggests that many young people who have colon cancer initially received misdiagnoses and saw multiple doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis.
Sepsis is a public health concern. Sepsis results in approximately 200,000 deaths in the United States every year. Unfortunately, exact data for sepsis is difficult to gather due to discrepancies with the definition.
Over 50 percent of women state that when they sought medical care based on the belief they were experiencing a heart attack, their medical care provider falsely stated their symptoms were not connected to a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction. Instead, the physician was more likely to point to a different concern such as acid reflux.
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.