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September 2016 Archives

How patient errors may impact Washington residents

Between January 2013 and July 2015, the Patient Safety Organization of the ERCI Institute received reports of 7,613 wrong-patient events. Those reports were sent voluntarily by 181 different health care facilities during that time. However, it is believed that these figures may be only a fraction of the number of errors that actually take place. According to research done into the matter, patients may be misidentified at anytime and by anyone.

Continued testing may be needed to diagnosis hernias

People in Oregon who experience groin pain might end up receiving an evaluation from a radiologist. Unfortunately, just because something is not found does not mean that something is not there. Small hernias are not always noted by radiologists and surgeons because they are not viewed as likely to cause pain. Physicians may need to be careful to take the right steps when dealing with these occult inguinal hernias.

Factors contributing to cerebral palsy

There are many types of birth injuries, and one familiar one is cerebral palsy. Oregon parents faced with this condition after the birth of their child might initially blame their labor and delivery team for the issue, but in many cases, this is misplaced. Scientists believe that the majority of CP cases do not arise because of errors in the labor and delivery process. In many situations, the factors causing the condition are present before birth.

Hormone discovery may hold promise for young PCOS sufferers

Teens in Oregon who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, are at risk of misdiagnosis due to overlap between the syndrome's symptoms and commonplace side effects of puberty. For instance, girls with PCOS may experience irregular menstruation. Unfortunately, this condition can also occur in girls going through normal adolescence. However, scientists in Greece have recently discovered a new hormone that may act as a distinguishing hallmark of PCOS.

Examining biases to reduce rates of misdiagnosis

Researchers have tried to develop a workshop that reduces the possibility of bias regarding diagnostic practices. Medical professionals and patients in Oregon might be worried to learn that the study showed that health care providers will probably keep misdiagnosing patients because of the assumptions they make unless they examine biases.

How medical professionals can improve patient outcomes

According to a study published in a peer-reviewed journal, on an annual basis 1 out of 20 patients who go to a hospital are misdiagnosed. This translates to 12 million Americans each year, and it means that misdiagnosis is statistically a bigger problem than drug errors. To reduce the odds that a patient is misdiagnosed, both the doctor and the patient should communicate well with each other. Hospital administrators in Oregon and elsewhere may be able to point doctors toward training programs that may help with their communication skills.

Procedures may prevent wrong-sided anesthetic block

When some Oregon patients undergo surgery, they often receive a peripheral nerve block to prevent excess pain. While surgeons usually mark where the block needs to go, the anesthesiologist is the doctor who actually does the procedure. After prepping the patient and turning them over, there is a risk of blocking the wrong limb.

Study highlights MS misdiagnosis issues

A study published in the journal Neurology on Aug. 31 suggests that multiple sclerosis is routinely mistaken for other common medical conditions in patients in Oregon and around the country. The findings were the result of research done by 24 MS specialist neurologists across the United States. One of the reasons why MS is commonly misdiagnosed is because there is no blood test or biomarker that can be used to find it in a patient.

Impact of misdiagnosing asthma

Asthma involves the swelling and inflammation of the airways and affects more than 25 million people in the country. Approximately 7 million of those are children. Oregon residents who suffer from the disorder or who are parents of children who do should be aware that the misdiagnosis of asthma can result in overusing a rescue inhaler.

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