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Medical Malpractice Archives

How to avoid medication errors at the pharmacy

Pharmacists in New Jersey work hard to ensure that patients receive the correct medications. Through safety software and personal oversight, pharmacists watch for potential drug interactions and make themselves available to answer questions. Despite their diligence and safety protocols, however, people sometimes receive the wrong medications. One study estimated that about 21 percent of medication errors happen at the pharmacy. Patients can play a role in preventing mistakes by keeping their pharmacists well informed.

Ovarian cancer misdiagnoses and facts

Ovarian cancer is sometimes referred to as a silent killer because many women are initially misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late. The symptoms of the disease in the early stages can be confused with the symptoms of less serious conditions by doctors and other health care professionals. People in New Jersey might gain from learning a few facts about ovarian cancer.

Potential for misdiagnosis with prostate cancer imaging tool

When New Jersey men develop prostate disease, their physicians will determine appropriate treatments based on the stage and progression of the cancer. A commonly-employed medical imagining tool is called the prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography. Although PSMA PET is very useful for measuring the stages of prostate cancer and metastases, researchers have identified shortcomings with the imaging procedure that could lead to a misdiagnosis.

Malpractice cases involving durotomy: an overview

Incidental durotomy is a condition that anyone in New Jersey planning to undergo spinal surgery should learn about. It refers to the small tears that surgeons can unintentionally cause on the dura mater, the tough outer membrane of the spinal cord. These tears can usually be recognized and repaired during the surgery, leading to no long-term effects. However, if they remain unrecognized or reopen after surgery, complications will ensue.

How is paranasal cancer detected?

When people in New Jersey visit the doctor for ongoing health issues, they want to be able to trust in the physician's ability to provide an accurate diagnosis. When an incorrect diagnosis is made, valuable treatment time can be lost, and people can receive inappropriate medicines or other proposed solutions. If a progressive disease like cancer is involved, patients may even lose their lives due to a failure to diagnose the malignancy.

Maternal death and injury rates increasing in America

New Jersey mothers-to-be may be surprised to learn that the United States ranks as the most dangerous developed country in which to give birth. Each year, over 50,000 mothers are seriously injured during or after childbirth; another 700 lose their lives from giving birth. One investigation found that around half of the deaths and injuries were preventable or could have been less severe with improved medical care and better treatment decisions. One of the most common factors found was a lack of timely intervention when problems occur.

New technology fights breast cancer misdiagnosis

Early detection of cancer is one of the most significant factors that can improve long-term chances of survival for patients in New Jersey. For this reason, scientific research is continually dedicated to new ways to detect cancer while it remains in its most treatable stage. Breast cancer research has been particularly focused on early detection as it is among the most common conditions in America. In fact, breast cancer accounts for 25 percent of all cancer cases.

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.

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