Clinical imaging techniques, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and sonograms, have undergone significant technological advances. However, recent data suggests that the growth rate of physicians ordering such imaging may be slowing or leveling off, which may impact how patients in Oregon are treated.
The audience for reality television seems to get larger with each passing year. Perhaps in acknowledgment of that trend, the March of Dimes has adapted its public service advertising campaign to raise awareness of preterm complications and premature delivery by using a new technology: a YouTube video release. The video depicts still photos of a clothed mother, dressed in black jeans and a turquoise tank top, throughout the 9 months of her pregnancy.
In the stressful and fast-paced environment of an emergency room, a patient's most immediate needs are addressed first. Longer-term recovery plans may be left to the responsibility of other doctors, after a patient has stabilized. However, the results of a new study suggest that emergency room negligence might be causing the longer-term needs of some heart attack survivors to go unattended.
A recent story illustrates that surgical errors continue to happen in America's hospitals, despite improved procedures to manage operating rooms and additional personnel being in place.
A hospital employee with hepatitis C may have infected patients treated at a hospital's heart lab since October 1, 2010. Victims of this nurse error may now be at risk for liver disease, a common result of the virus.
Many patients in Oregon rely upon prescription drugs to treat their symptoms. For many, medication may be the primary reason they schedule a visit with their doctors. When a prescription error is made or the wrong dose is administered, however, the result can be tragic.
Hernias are a fairly common condition in which one's intestines breach the wall of abdominal muscle meant to keep them in place. Anyone in Eugene who has ever tried to lift something too heavy, contorted him or herself oddly while playing sports or been in a traumatic accident might know the pain of a hernia all too well.
Undergoing a major surgery can be a scary prospect. Patients may fear the risk of complications during their procedures. Even after the surgery, patient may have concerns during their rehabilitation period, where serious infections such as sepsis may develop.
Medical errors can be caused by many factors. Previously cited culprits include unforeseen interactions between medications, increased stress on doctors, and perhaps even just old fashioned poor communication. A new addition to the list of medical malpractice contributors might surprise you: phone dictation.