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Common types of medical errors

Pennsylvania residents depend on medical professionals to correctly diagnose and treat any medical problems they may have. However, doctors, nurses and pharmacists sometimes make mistakes. In fact, the problem is so pervasive that medical errors are the No. 3 most common cause of death in the U.S.

Surgeons' bad behavior heightens risk for patient complications

Seven million surgical procedures are performed every year in Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. In some cases, patients may develop post-operative complications like pneumonia, infections, sepsis, cardiovascular conditions and stroke. Now, a study published in JAMA Surgery has explored the link between the risk for complications and the behavior of the surgeon.

Pew: EHR usability issues can harm pediatric patients

Electronic health records are known for their usability issues, which can reduce clinical efficiency and raise the risk for errors, especially those relating to medication. Pennsylvania residents who work in the medical field should know that such issues can have a great impact on pediatric patients. This was the subject of a report from Pew Charitable Trusts.

How non-technical skills help surgeons

About 45 percent of adverse medical events involve candidates for surgery, according to a doctor from Moorfields Eye Hospital. Furthermore, up to 66 percent of these events take place in an operating room or other surgical site. However, Pennsylvania surgeons who possess skills that are not technical in nature may have lower odds of making an error.

Migraines can be mistaken for these seven conditions

Though migraine sufferers in Pennsylvania may be sure about their symptoms, these are not only invisible to the doctor but also capable of mimicking the symptoms of other conditions. As a result, migraines are often misdiagnosed. The following are seven conditions that migraines are commonly misdiagnosed as.

Electronic systems can cause medical errors

Using electronic health records could play a role in causing medical errors to occur in Pennsylvania. One of the problems that these systems have is that they don't make a distinction between adult and pediatric patients. This can be problematic when it comes to ensuring that a patient receives the proper dose of medication. According to a study published in Health Affairs, 84.5 percent of medication errors were related to improper dosing.

Mistakes in electronic health records are difficult to fix

Errors occur in the electronic health record systems used by hospitals and doctors offices throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. While many errors are trivial and harmless, others can cause serious harm to patients when not fixed. A study from John Hopkins found that more than 250,000 people die per year in the United States due to medical errors. A compounding problem in this issue stems from a distrust of patients by doctors and nurses and an unwillingness to admit mistakes.

Scientific advances reveal pediatric cancer misdiagnoses

Pennsylvania residents may be concerned to learn that many traditional methods used to diagnose cancerous brain tumors in children can be flawed. Due to mistaken diagnoses, some children have received incorrect treatments. Errors in cancer diagnosis can be particularly problematic because cancer is a progressive disease, so a delay in correct treatment can mean a loss of health and even life. New scientific advances that allow doctors to examine the molecular profile of a tumor have enhanced the ability to correctly diagnose these cancers.

Ensuring an accurate diagnosis for LBD

Pennsylvania residents may want to know what the different forms of dementia are before they speak with a physician. It's especially important to get an early diagnosis of Lewy body dementia because early treatment can benefit those with LBD more so than those with Alzheimer's. An accurate diagnosis is equally important because those with LBD can suffer severe side effects from certain medications for behavior and movement.

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.

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