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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 1.4 million people in New York and throughout the country experience symptoms related to Lewy body dementia, or LBD. This can lead to problems moving or remembering people or events. However, since it presents symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease, it is not always diagnosed properly. There are many medical professionals who are not even aware that LBD exists. It is believed that a combination of genetic and other factors cause people to develop this condition.
Approximately every nine minutes in New York and across the United States, someone dies in a hospital due to receiving an incorrect medical diagnosis or delayed treatment. Though the statistics have improved over the years, an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 individuals currently die each year due to delayed treatment or misdiagnosed conditions. An additional 12 million people are affected by errors when being diagnosed, and an estimated 4 million of these individuals experience serious harm due to being misdiagnosed.
A popular PET imaging method for determining what stage of prostate cancer a person is at may not be entirely accurate according to a study that appears in the September issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Some New York men may have undergone prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography imaging, which is used to identify the enzyme PMSA.
New York residents should know that West Nile virus, a virus transmitted by mosquito bites, is a serious condition. Those infected by it will typically experience fevers, headaches, body tremors and sleepiness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there is no specific antiviral treatment or vaccine for West Nile, but mild forms of the virus can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications or fever reducers.