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Many malpractice errors are avoidable

Doctors are sometimes thought of as miracle workers when treatment goes well, and the patient responds as hoped for and proceeds to a speedy and complete recovery. In other instances, a doctor may make heroic efforts, but the situation is clearly beyond hope, and nothing can be done. However, when a New York doctor makes a mistake that, perhaps, didn't have to happen, questions naturally follow. Surprisingly, errors are often made on routine matters rather than in performing procedures that require great skill and extensive training.

How doctors can prevent medication errors

Every year, roughly 1.3 million people throughout New York and the rest of the U.S. are hurt by preventable medication errors, according to the FDA. The agency annually receives about 100,000 complaints from people suspecting they were the victims of such errors. Medication errors can arise at the prescribing, dispensing and administration stages of providing health care.

Stressed surgeons could make more medical mistakes

New York readers may be alarmed to learn that surgeons could be much more likely to make a medical mistake if they suffer stress in the operating room, according to a recent study. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Columbia University, was published in the open access journal BJS Open.

Adverse drug events, the world's fourth leading cause of death

Every year across the world, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized for adverse drug events. These refer to any medication-related injury, such as injuries due to allergic reactions, overdoses and medicine errors. New York residents should know that among adults in this country, most ADEs are caused by anticoagulants, antibiotics, diabetes medication and opioids.

Errors in medical records

New York residents should know that a world-leading health IT expert states that an estimated 70 percent of health records have erroneous information. The wrong information contained in health records can result in medical care that is harmful or even fatal for patients.

Seven commonly misdiagnosed conditions among women

The following is an outline of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions among women. Patients in New York are advised to ask for a second opinion when these conditions fail to improve or rather worsen. The first condition is bloating, which has a myriad causes from the menstrual cycle to extreme stress and can be a sign of ovarian cancer or diverticulitis. It can be mild or severe.

Reigning in long OR hours proves controversial

Certain professions have time-honored traditions that perhaps from the outside seem to make little sense. For instance, after receiving their MDs, interns and residents are known to work excessively long shifts, often essentially living at their training hospital and grabbing intermittent naps on some cot in a back room. However, some surgeons and other medical professionals must regularly work long shifts in operating rooms in New York, and there are some who seek to limit this practice.

Death from medical mistakes a serious problem

In the 2018 midterm elections, many voters said that healthcare was their top priority when choosing a candidate. However, neither political party has put forth a plan that would reduce the number of deaths attributable to medical error. According to some reports, death by medical error is the third most likely cause in the United States, and there were probably 500 preventable deaths on election day by itself.

Molecular profile testing uncovers misdiagnoses of brain tumors

A global study on pediatric brain tumors that involved over 150 institutions revealed that traditional diagnostic methods often produced inaccurate diagnoses. For families in New York with children suffering from brain tumors, the study highlighted the importance of confirming a diagnosis with molecular profile testing.

ECRI lists top hazards stemming from health technology

The ECRI Institute has released its 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report. Addressing many of the hazards pointed out in the report will be of the highest priority to hospitals and medical centers in New York as it will help reduce the risk for patient injuries and deaths.

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