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Doctor burnout could lead to problems for patients

Research has found a link between doctor burnout and significant medical errors. These errors could put patients in Pennsylvania and throughout the country in significant danger. Burnout occurs when a person faces extreme emotional fatigue after spending too much time on the job. As many as half of all Americans may be burned out at any given time, and it is more common in jobs that cause a lot of stress.

Chemo combo offers hope to early-stage pancreatic cancer patients

A new study may offer hope for early-stage pancreatic cancer patients in Pennsylvania. The study found that a potent four-drug chemotherapy cocktail could help certain patients live significantly longer than the current standard chemo drug. The study was conducted by the Cancer Institute of Lorraine in France.

Objects left inside body after surgery considered never event

People awaiting surgeries in Pennsylvania naturally have concerns about complications. The case of a woman in Japan who had surgical sponges that had been left in her abdominal cavity for years illustrates the possibility of what the medical community calls a never event. These are things that medical providers should never let happen.

Avoiding medical negligence injuries: 4 tips for patients

Medical malpractice is devastating for patients. If you are receiving medical care of any kind, you'll want to cover your bases by being proactive when dealing with doctors and surgeons. After all, medical professionals are not immune to mistakes, and medical errors are the leading cause of death in the United States.

Medical negligence happens in hospitals -- and in nursing homes

Whether it's getting you the medications you need or making sure you are treated kindly, it's important that nurses and doctors do what they need to do to keep you safe and comfortable. Even if you're not in a hospital, there's still a risk of medical errors that could cause you harm. For example, if you live in a nursing home or are at a rehabilitation center, you could face struggles as a result of a negligent or lazy staff.

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.

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