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Arizona doctors may spend more to lower liability risk

According to a recently-published study, doctors who utilize more resources on their patients are less likely to face malpractice lawsuits. The study may vindicate doctors who engage in defensive medicine, which is the practice of doing more for a patient to lower liability risks. It was based upon data involving Florida physicians and malpractice claims between 2000 and 2009.

Doctor errors under scrutiny in Arizona

Those who follow patient safety trends believe that 5 to 15 percent of diagnoses are made in error. However, knowing that doctors are making errors is just one part of solving the problem. The other part of the problem is knowing why such mistakes are being made, which is something that may be hard to quantify.

Common medical mistakes made in Arizona

Each year, 160,000 hospitalized patients around the country die or are seriously injured due to errors made by health care provider. Patients are advised to ask questions and raise any concerns that they may have to reduce the odds of a medical error. Among the top 10 errors doctors typically make, misdiagnosis is the most common. In some cases, this is because a doctor is treating the wrong patient.

Man wins $500,000 in medical malpractice case

Arizona residents may find disturbing the story regarding a Virginia man who was mocked by a doctor while undergoing a colonoscopy. The man was unconscious during the procedure, but his cellphone was recording throughout and caught the disparaging comments made about his body. Among other comments, the anesthesiologist told other doctors not to touch a genital rash because they may get syphilis on their arms by doing so.

Using technology to reduce health care mistakes

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.

Lung cancer screenings may lead to misdiagnoses

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.

Arizona doctors may be ordering unnecessary tests

A survey taken of 435 emergency room physicians nationwide reveals that 97 percent of all the surveyed doctors say that they have ordered medically unnecessary tests to prevent malpractice lawsuits. These tests affect patients from Arizona and around the nation. Unnecessary tests often return "false positives" that lead to more expensive treatments for illnesses patients may not actually have or reveal undiagnosed illnesses that have yet to emerge and have no impact on the patient's present life.

Potential reasons behind the recent measles outbreak

It has recently been reported in a variety of sources that measles may be making a comeback in the United States, which could be a growing concern for many Arizona parents. While it can be argued that parents' failure to vaccinate their children against the disease has led to its resurgence, some believe doctors may also be contributing to the disease's return.

Pursuing civil action after malpractice

Many residents of Arizona are likely to require medical care or surgery at some point in their life. When events are unforeseen and lead to the unexpected injury or death of an individual, doctor error may be to blame. While medical facilities have several sanctions in place to avoid such accidents, you or your loved ones may aim to seek legal redress against negligent health care professionals.

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