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Medical Malpractice Archives

About cardiomyopathy

One disease that Pennsylvania doctors may misdiagnose is cardiomyopathy. People who suffer from the condition may not exhibit any symptoms or signs. In some cases, the indications do not present in people who are in the disease's early stages. However, as the heart becomes weaker, there are typically signs of heart failure.

Majority of medication liability claims involve opioids

According to one medial insurer, opioids are involved in 24 percent of all medication-related liability claims. While about 46 percent of those claims involved primary care physicians, another 22 percent involved emergency room doctors. This information could be important to patients in Pennsylvania.

Study finds AMD is often not diagnosed in early stages

Older people in Pennsylvania and around the country may not be properly diagnosed in the early stages of age-related macular degeneration. AMD is a serious problem for people ages 50 and older and is the main cause of vision loss in that age group. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama,one-quarter of the patients in the study who had been told they had normal vision were actually suffering from AMD.

Nursing care can help to avoid medical errors

Nurses can play a major role in ensuring patients receive quality care, whether in a Pennsylvania surgical procedure or a regular primary care physician's office. Experienced nurses can help to provide an additional level of security and knowledge to assist a patient and a doctor or surgeon in providing care through their knowledge of specific patients and their medical concerns.

Overweight people prone to receiving substandard medical care

Researchers have discovered that overweight people sometimes experience negative outcomes when they seek medical care. Prejudice against heavy people, known as fat shaming in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, leads physicians to attribute some symptoms to weight instead of investigating other possible medical reasons. One of the psychology professors who reviewed research on the subject went so far as to call the unfair treatment malpractice.

Program lowers medication errors

Pennsylvania patients might benefit from a medication safety program that lowers the occurrence of mistakes in the administration of medicine. The program, which was implemented at Boston Children's Hospital to assess and react to medication errors, produced substantial improvements. Researchers at the hospital examined drug administration errors that occurred from 2008 through 2016. The data was retrieved from manually reviewing charts and from compulsory error reports that were included in anesthesia records. The medication errors were categorized by their severity, type and the frequency by which they occurred. Also examined by the research term were the reasons the errors occurred. They then created a tailored program to reduce the errors.

Early-stage prostate surgery may not benefit patients

When Pennsylvania men are diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, surgery may be one of the treatment options they may have available. However, the results of a 20-year study shows that surgery does not offer major benefits to those who are in the early stage of the disease. In fact, the surgery often results in serious medical complications, including urinary incontinence and infection.

The importance of properly diagnosing ovarian cancer

Pennsylvania women turning to their doctors rightly expect to receive the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on prevention and early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. According to the medical director of integrative gynecologic oncology at Providence Saint John's Health Center, however, several early warning signs often result in misdiagnosis and failure to treat the cancer. Poor understanding of risk factors and prevention may also compound the risk of doctor error.

CDC report warns about misdiagnosed Lyme disease cases

Pennsylvania is expected to lead the nation in Lyme disease cases again in 2017, and black-legged ticks can now be found in every county in the state. However, a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is becoming more common. According to the CDC, doctors around the country often diagnose Lyme disease when patients present ambiguous symptoms such as localized pain and excessive fatigue. In true Lyme disease cases, typical symptoms include a bullseye-shaped skin rash, fever and frequent headaches.

Causes, symptoms and treatment of lung collapse

In a lung collapse, air leaks from the lung into the area between the chest wall and the lung. People in Pennsylvania who suffer from a collapsed lung might experience chest pain, a rapid heartbeat, fatigue, low blood pressure and shortness of breath. A collapsed lung may be mild or serious, but it should always be responded to as though it is a medical emergency because it could be fatal.