Some Oregon women with anxiety might also have heart disease, but a doctor may not notice it because the symptoms of the two are so similar. These were the findings of a study that was published Feb. 23 in "Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes."
Scientists have introduced a method to test for Lyme disease that could reduce cases of misdiagnosis and allow patients in Oregon and nationwide to begin treatment weeks earlier than currently possible. The research was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Many people in Oregon are seriously injured because of medical errors. When a doctor makes a mistake that harms a a patient, the patient may be left with permanent disabilities or even die.
Patients in Oregon hospitals rely on medical staff consisting of doctors, nurses, and other personnel to provide care. There is currently a nursing shortage in many parts of the country that is expected to continue as the baby boom generation ages and increases demands on health care workers and facilities. Sometimes nurses may find themselves in a situation in which they have too many individual patients to care for, and a study that has been published in an online medical journal found that the nurse-to-patient ratio may have a direct impact on the mortality rate of patients.
A baby who is born at an Oregon hospital may be given a number of checkups before the baby and mother are discharged. One family in Tennessee thought that their newborn was going for a routine checkup and then discovered that hospital staff had made a serious mistake. When the healthy baby boy was mistaken for another baby, an unnecessary surgical procedure was performed on him.
People who seek medical care in Oregon and across the United States depend on medical professionals to give effective and helpful treatment, but medical errors can and do happen. According to recent studies, hospital medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., with between 200,000 and 400,000 deaths every year attributed to hospital medical errors. These errors range from medication mistakes to doctors performing the wrong surgery.
Oregon patients might be appalled to learn that many people have died because of poor communication among staff members at medical facilities. A research and analysis firm says that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
No one likes to think about doctors making mistakes, but unfortunately it still happens in Oregon and around the country. Whether they are overworked, understaffed, or are not paying enough attention, medical negligence can cost people their lives.
Women in Oregon and around the country may be more at risk for heart disease than men. Every year, more women in the United States die from heart disease than men, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. Now, researchers are looking into gender differences in patients who have experienced heart attacks in order to identify the reasons women have poorer outcomes.