When Minnesota residents Minnesota seek medical help, they expect to receive the right medication for their illness. On any given week, four-fifths of adults in the United States use a prescription medicine, over-the-counter option or a natural substitute, while 33% take five or more different medicines at the same time. When people take multiple drugs, they are more likely to suffer adverse events or side effects. In some cases, people may face severe injuries or life-threatening complications as a result of adverse drug interactions or mistaken prescriptions. This may be especially dangerous when doctors and pharmacies fail to carry out their responsibilities to protect their patients against dangerous drug interactions.
Medical mistakes are a top cause of injury and death for hospital patients in New Jersey and across the United States. According to a new study, most of these mistakes occur during the diagnostic phase of medical care and take place in three main disease categories.
An analysis of 11 different studies found a link between depression and the likelihood of a doctor making a medical error. The study also found that doctors who made medical errors were at a greater risk of developing symptoms of depression in the future. Depression in medical professionals may lead to negative consequences for patients in New Jersey and throughout the country. It may also have negative consequences for those who may consider themselves to be depressed.
When women in New Jersey are diagnosed with breast cancer, timing can make all the difference in the outcomes they receive. People with earlier diagnoses are far more likely to survive their cancer with fewer long-term effects. Some people receive a delayed diagnosis because their doctor failed to diagnose their cancer, despite signs and symptoms that could have led them to start treatment far earlier.
Though rare, breast cancer does occur in men. Residents of New Jersey should know that it is, in fact, on the rise with some 1.21 per 100,000 men in the U.S. suffering from it in 2016 (compared to 0.85 per 100,000 men in 1975). Even more unfortunate is that male breast cancer patients tend to experience lower survival rates than women do.
Some New Jersey residents might have Lyme disease and not even know it. According to medical professionals, the condition can mimic other conditions and be difficult to diagnose.
Studies have shown that surgeons whose behavior receives complaints from patients and their family are more likely to leave their patients with post-operative complications. A report published in JAMA Surgery has linked a higher risk of patient complications with surgeons who have received complaints from their co-workers. New Jersey residents should know that 20% to 30% of surgeons receive such complaints.
Scientists have discovered a form of dementia that mimics the symptoms of Alzheimer's but is in fact distinct from it. It is now clear that patients in New Jersey and across the U.S. may have been misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer's. The discovery also shows that many factors can contribute to dementia.
New Jersey patients know that the medical staff members who treat them are only human and can make mistakes. Many mistakes are minor or caught very quickly before they can do any harm, but some medical errors can be serious and cause harm to patients or to others. Mistakes involving contaminated materials can spread disease throughout a medical setting. A recent study indicates that mistakes made by health care workers when removing personal protective clothing can contaminate clothing or equipment with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
When people in New Jersey feel ill, they often go to the doctor to receive a clear diagnosis. Unfortunately, on far too many occasions, they may instead be given incorrect answers and improper or ineffective treatment. According to two studies, misdiagnosis is the most common reason why patients file medical malpractice claims. According to one insurer, 46 percent of closed claims filed between 2013 and 2017 were related to the diagnostic process.