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Hospital staff mistakes could affect the health of Ohio patients

During a six-month study at Rush University Medical Center, researchers discovered routine mistakes made by healthcare workers that led to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study took place in a busy ICU setting so that workers could be observed in real-life situations where slip-ups would be more likely to occur. The purpose of the study was to understand better how contamination happens and what can be done to avoid it.

Colon cancer more commonly misdiagnosed in younger patients

Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is a condition not relegated to just the elderly. That's why Ohio residents who suspect they have it should not wait for a screening. Unfortunately, it seems that younger patients with colon cancer are more commonly misdiagnosed. This was the conclusion of a study by Colorectal Cancer Alliance.

Rare disease patients often face misdiagnosis

For people with rare diseases in Ohio, misdiagnosis and the consequent inappropriate treatment may present additional threats to their health and well-being. Around the world, there are over 400 million people with rare diseases, but most of these illnesses are the subject of little research or attention. Because relatively few people are affected by each condition, most rare illnesses receive little funding that could help to move research forward. As a result, many patients with these conditions are often inaccurately diagnosed and may receive useless or even harmful treatments.

How doctors can limit liability for medication errors

Doctors in Ohio can often find themselves in a bind when prescribing medication, especially pain medication. If they prescribe too much, they are accused of aiding an addict, and if they prescribe too little or dismiss a patient's pain, they are seen as being negligent. It's important, then, that they take certain steps to limit their liability in case medication errors do occur.

Electronic record systems can cause medical errors

Ohio patients may be vulnerable to safety errors when being treated by a medical professional. According to one study, electronic health records (EHRs) could be a reason why they occur. Specifically, issues with electronic records could result in medication errors including prescribing an inappropriate level of a given medication. These conclusions were drawn after looking at 9,000 patient safety reports from 2012 to 2017.

Medical errors are a leading cause of death

Preventable medical errors harm patients in Ohio every year. Over 40 percent of Americans feel that healthcare is a top political issue. However, neither Democrats nor Republicans have addressed preventable medical errors. The statistics regarding preventable medical errors are shocking. Reportedly, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. A 2016 study found that over 250,000 patients likely die every year as a result of preventable medical errors, and a recent survey of nurses found that 35 percent felt not enough is being done to improve patient safety.

The ways that cancer is diagnosed

Ohio residents may be curious as to what the usual ways are to diagnose cancer. It all begins with patients having a screening test done, and if the results of the test suggest cancer, the doctor must determine the cause for good. This involves asking patients about their personal and family medical history and having them undergo a physical exam.

Misdiagnosis can affect outcomes for unconscious people

When people in Ohio have loved ones struggling with brain injury and resulting minimally conscious or vegetative states, they may be interested in any possibility that could improve the likelihood of improvement. Accurate diagnosis and access to modern care based on science and evidence could make that possibility more likely. New guidelines for care in these cases were issued by several leading authorities, including the American Academy of Neurology, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

Study shows many patients feel rushed during visits with doctors

Researchers have published a study on how clinicians treat their patients during initial consultations. Ohio residents who feel like their doctor is always rushing them during their visits will find out that they are not alone. As part of the study, researchers from the University of Florida analyzed 112 videotaped consultations between patients and their medical practitioners that occurred from 2008 to 2015. These were recorded at clinics from across the U.S. In 36 percent of these consultations, doctors invited patients to set the agenda with a simple question like, "What can I do for you?"

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