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Fewer errors in Arizona hospitals and across the U.S.

Preventable errors in hospitals can unfortunately take lives and cost a lot of money, but methods designed by health care quality experts were used when compiling a report that indicates that there was a 17 percent decline in certain mistakes from 2010 to 2013. According to data from hospital medical records and other sources, the report concludes that around 50,000 fewer patients died because of the decline in preventable errors like drug mistakes, bed sores and infections.

Full disclosure of medical errors is slowly becoming more common

Doctors in Arizona and other states have slowly started acknowledging errors in patient care and admitting fault. While doctors may have previously been hesitant to discuss medical errors due to a fear of litigation or embarrassment, doctors in a 2006 survey said that patients deserved information when a mistake occurs.

Common Doctor Errors

The Arizona Medical Board categorizes the complaints they receive into four different groups. The moral and ethical category includes sexual misconduct with a patient, fraudulent billing, violating prescribing statutes and the like. Legal errors include complaints that violate the law but do not necessarily endanger patients. Most doctor errors known to the board fall under standard of care, and substance abuse, psychiatric impairment and behavioral disorders fall into the fourth category.

Medical malpractice claims in Arizona

Residents of Arizona who have suffered injury due to a doctor's error may wish to learn more about how medical malpractice claims work. Someone who has suffered due to medical negligence could file suit to seek two types of damages: actual damages, which cover costs such as additional medical bills and loss of wages, and punitive damages, which are imposed because of a health care provider's reckless behavior.

Understanding medical errors in Arizona

Residents in Arizona may benefit from learning more about how adverse events from medical treatment are monitored and managed in the health care industry. For some time, many have ultimately viewed complications from treatment, adverse events and medical errors all as one in the same. However, more astute physicians have noted that adverse effects caused by treatment complications differ substantially from those caused by medical error.

Important questions to always ask a doctor

Arizona residents may wish to know about some of the factors influencing healthcare services that many physicians may never mention unless directly prompted. Often times, patients refrain from sharing certain details about their personal health unless asked about it directly. These individuals may be at the risk of suffering serious health problems; according to prominent medical professionals, patients often benefit from acting as a partner in their own healthcare.

Preventing common medical misdiagnoses

Studies about incorrect medical diagnoses show that doctors can make mistakes about life-threatening conditions, and one study indicated that 12 million or more misdiagnoses may occur every year. The Internet Journal of Family Practice conducted an analysis of autopsy findings and malpractice data to determine the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases. While this list is not likely to solve any mysterious medical problems Arizona residents are suffering from, it highlights the need for getting opinions from multiple doctors.

Doctors and others ask for harm reports

A group of doctors, professors and other healthcare advocates are calling for tracking and adequate reporting of preventable harms and deaths of patients in hospitals in Arizona and across the United States. According to a professor of public health at Harvard, patient safety has not improved since an Institute of Medicine report called for reforms to prevent patient deaths due to medical error. That report was issued 15 years ago. Many of the experts who have testified before congress have said that part of the problem is the fact that medical providers fail to do an adequate job of tracking harm.

Limited testing for Lyme disease can cause problems in treatment

Arizona residents may know that being bitten by a tick can lead to Lyme disease. Lyme disease may be more prevalent in the United States than test results for the disease suggest. This is because, at present, the prevailing test for Lyme disease only involves one species of tick, but many species of tick can infect people with the disease. False negatives are common in Lyme disease testing, and the disease is often misdiagnosed as something else.

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