Five Illnesses That Doctors Often Misdiagnose

When a patient receives medical advice and recommendations, he or she can sometimes assume that the doctor is giving a perfect diagnosis every time. However, human error occurs and there are times where your doctor will make a mistake. Depending on the illness and the combination of symptoms, a doctor could misdiagnose you and the illness you have. 5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses Parkinson’s disease. Currently no official lab tests can confirm Parkinson’s disease. Because of this, it will be completely up to your doctor to observe your condition and make any decisions based on what you tell them. This makes…

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What Are the Most Common Prescription Drug Errors?

Prescription drugs, when used correctly, can save someone’s life who is suffering from a chronic illness or health condition. Prescription drugs also have the ability to improve a patient’s quality of life and reduce the chances of experiencing serious negative side effects related to their condition. Although medication errors may be common, some of them can be fatal. According to an article by the Mount Sinai Medical Center, five common medication errors in relation to prescription drugs include: 5 Common Prescription Drug Errors Unawareness of expiration dates. Expiration dates are always printed on a drug’s label or bottle, but many…

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How Tired Are Doctors and Nurses, Really? (By the Numbers)

Tired doctors make more mistakes. Intuitively, we know this. And we may have read studies like this one (or related news reports). Yet medical culture still glorifies 28-hour shifts and puts residents through the ringer, often forcing them to work 80-hour weeks, all on an irregular sleep schedule that makes recovery from fatigue harder. The medical field has tried in the past to address this worrying problem, but how much have they achieved in recent years? How Tired Is Your Doctor? Regulations prohibit doctors from working more than 80 hours in a week or in excess of 28 hours in…

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What to Know About Central Line Infections

Central line blood infections are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Also known as a central venous catheter, central lines are placed in veins near the chest, neck or groin. A central line is inserted into a vein close to the heart to provide medicine or collect blood. These are not to be confused with IVs, which are generally placed near the arm or hands to provide fluids or medicines. A blood infection can occur when pathogens (a virus or bacteria) enter the bloodstream through the central line. There are multiple reasons why central-line infections may occur. Poor sanitation….

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What Could Cause a Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis?

An estimated one in eight women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is common in the US and throughout the world. Women who receive an early diagnosis of breast cancer can begin treatment when the disease is still in its early stages. Early treatment leads to better outcomes. A delayed diagnosis of breast cancer could allow the cancer to metastasize to other parts of the body. There are cases where women (and men) with breast cancer receive a delayed diagnosis. Possible reasons for a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer include but are not…

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Can Medical Mistakes Lead to a Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer?

Diagnostic errors are one of the most common types of medical mistakes in the US. Depending on the type of illness that is misdiagnosed, you could die or suffer a severe injury. We recently wrote a blog discussing what could happen after a diagnostic mistake involving bacterial meningitis. Diagnostic errors involving cancer can also be deadly. There are several reasons why health care providers could get a cancer diagnosis wrong. Possible reasons include, but are not limited to: Your doctor could miss the early symptoms of cancer. They could mistake the symptoms with a less serious condition. As a result,…

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Can Medical Malpractice Cause a Slip and Fall Accident in a Hospital?

Inpatient slip and fall accidents in hospitals can cause catastrophic injuries. The possible outcomes of a slip and fall accident include broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. However, these incidents are often preventable. There are multiple reasons why these accidents may occur in hospitals. The causes of hospital slip and fall accidents may include: Medication errors. Certain medications or combinations of medications can put patients at risk of being hurt. For example, some medications may cause excessive drowsiness or dizziness. Benzodiazepines and certain antipsychotic medications are good examples. Hospital staff must take precautionary measures to protect these “high-risk”…

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Seven Common Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes take care of our society’s most vulnerable members. The elderly and permanently disabled may reside in these facilities. Like other health care facilities, nursing homes can be hotspots for medical mistakes. In nursing homes, medication errors are one of the most common types of mistakes made by staff members. Seven common medication errors in nursing homes include: Providing patients with the wrong medications. This type of mistake may occur for several reasons. For instance, a nurse may confuse medications with similar names. Prescribing the wrong dosage. Nurses may give patients too little or too much of a medication….

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Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against a Hospital?

Former actor Bill Paxton died last year after suffering complications caused by a heart surgery. The 61-year-old actor was known for his roles in the movie “Twister”, “Titanic” and “Apollo 13.” Paxton’s surviving family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the heart surgeon and hospital responsible for his care. According to the family, the surgeon did not disclose that he lacked the necessary experience to perform the high-risk and unconventional procedure. The lawsuit alleges that additional hospital staff members were negligent while providing care to Paxton. There are scenarios where you could file a wrongful death lawsuit against a…

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Five Medical Mistakes that Could Occur During Your Next Surgery

Research has found that medical mistakes are a major cause of death in the United States. A study published by British Medical Journal in 2015 estimates that medical errors kill 251,000 people in the US each year. There are different types of medical mistakes that contribute to these deaths. For instance, surgical errors kill or injure thousands of people each year. Our blog is going to familiarize you with the different types of errors that can occur during surgery. Possible surgical errors include: Retained surgical items: Surgeons could leave objects behind in patients. These objects, which are known as retained…

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