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Medical Malpractice Archives

Medical errors and physician burnout

Over 50 percent of the physicians in New Jersey and the rest of country are burned out according to a survey of almost 6,700 hospital and clinic physicians. The participants were asked about safety in the workplace, medical errors, depression, suicidal thoughts, fatigue and indications of workplace burnout.

Respiratory syncytial virus infection: diagnosis and treatment

The respiratory syncytial virus is a common virus that leaves healthy adults and children with cold-like symptoms, but in babies, it can cause serious respiratory illness. However, testing for RSV infection among pregnant women is uncommon, and when it does occur, it frequently ends in a misdiagnosis. This is according to a study from Clinical Infectious Diseases. Its findings may be of interest to residents of New Jersey.

Study advances treatment of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer can be one of the most difficult cancers to treat and survive for people in New Jersey and across the country. One study found some improved hope in a four-drug combination, and researchers noted that it could improve survival substantially when compared to a one-drug regimen. The survey applied to people with pancreatic cancer that had not spread to other regions of the body.

New study finds AMD prone to misdiagnosis

Age-related macular degeneration is the number one cause of irreversible vision loss among people 50 and older in New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. This incurable eye condition is most frequently found in females, those over the age of 60 and farsighted individuals. A history of sunlight exposure as well as genetic factors can also increase the risk.

Vision surgery can have devastating consequences

When people in New Jersey consider LASIK eye surgery, they may simply want to improve their vision and be free of the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, refractive surgery can have serious, negative impacts on many patients as well, and it can be difficult to learn about the potential risks when the procedure is heavily advertised and promoted by doctors and medical offices. The skill of the doctor performing the surgery and the quality of the medical equipment used can also have a major impact on positive and negative outcomes from a LASIK procedure.

Bill Paxton's family sues Cedars-Sinai, surgeon over his death

When New Jersey residents undergo surgery, they trust that their doctors have explained all the risks involved in the procedure. However, that isn't always the case. For example, the family of late actor Bill Paxton is suing both his surgeon and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for failing to tell him enough information about the heart surgery that led to his death in 2017.

Mobile health app and improved diagnosing

Doctors in New Jersey have many tools, including mobile health applications, they can use to help test and diagnose patients. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Baylor College of Medicine have explored whether using one particular app, the PTT Advisor created by the CDC, can enhance testing and diagnostic decisions regarding bleeding and coagulation disorders.

Imaging can help avoid the misdiagnosis of heart conditions

Patients in New Jersey may be concerned about the risk of a missed or mistaken diagnosis, especially when they enter a hospital due to a serious disease with life-threatening risks. One type of illness that is frequently misdiagnosed is acute aortic syndrome. This syndrome includes several types of conditions related to the major blood vessels of the heart, including aortic dissection, aortic intramural hematoma and penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer. Patients with these conditions often have very similar symptoms, and the severity of the disorder can evolve quickly.

Radiology software can reduce diagnostic errors

Patients in New Jersey going to the doctor or entering the hospital may be worried about misdiagnosis or the potential failure to diagnose a serious disease like cancer; this is especially true if their illness is currently undiagnosed. Incorrect diagnoses and other doctor errors can lead to serious consequences for patients as mistaken treatment can be applied, causing side effects. Then, the correct treatment may not be received, which of particular concern in the case of progressive diseases. Misdiagnosis can lead to worsened medical conditions and even fatalities if illnesses become untreatable.

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