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March 2016 Archives

How a doctor diagnoses COPD

An Oregon doctor might use family history, symptoms and tests to diagnose patients for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients who have an ongoing cough should inform their doctors and should also mention any mucus as well as whether anyone in their family has COPD.

Gag orders may prevent doctors from disclosing EHR errors

Human beings have an inherent urge to apologize when they make a mistake, but plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases often find that doctors can be adept at resisting these impulses. While Oregon law prevents apologies made by physicians being used to establish liability in such litigation, confidentiality agreements signed by doctors may prevent them from disclosing mistakes caused by errors in electronic health records or problems with the technology used to compile and manage these records.

Woman sues after surgical error

Oregon patients may be appalled to see that in a lawsuit, a 60-year-old woman claims that surgeons at Yale-New Haven Medical Center botched her May 2015 surgery. She went in to have part of a cancerous rib removed, but surgeons operated on the wrong rib. The lawsuit says that the doctors lied to her in an effort to cover for their mistake, and she was rushed back into surgery that same day.

Research links difficult patients with medical errors

Oregon residents who are polite to their doctors are more likely to receive an accurate diagnosis according to research published in BMJ Quality and Safety. Two studies looked into how often doctors made mistakes when diagnosing difficult or uncooperative patients, and researchers discovered that error rates shot up by as much as 42 percent when the conditions being diagnosed were complex.

Parent of deceased UO student files lawsuit against hospital

On March 15, it was reported that the mother of a University of Oregon student filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a local hospital after her daughter passed away. According to the lawsuit, the mother claimed that PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center failed to properly treat the student for Meningococcal disease, resulting in her death.

Hospitalists and medical malpractice in Oregon

Hospitalists are physicians that work exclusively at hospitals and specialize in Hospital Medicine. They often act as someone's primary care physician when they are admitted to the hospital. This is a relatively new role, and it has only been around for the last 20 years or so, and board certification has only been available since 2009.

Spider bites often misdiagnosed by doctors

While many Oregon residents may believe that spider bites are common and dangerous, a study shows that up to 78 percent of alleged spider bites may be misdiagnosed by doctors. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland, was published in Toxicon on Feb. 26.

Woman suing clinic for failing to diagnose her heart disease

An Oregon woman says that not one, but two doctors at the same clinic failed to diagnose a heart condition that later caused her a heart attack and put her at risk of needing a transplant. She and her husband are suing the facility, Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC), for medical malpractice.

IPF patients reveal emotions following diagnosis

Oregon patients suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis often find that they have trouble breathing, which could affect their ability to live a normal life. An online survey that was conducted by a German pharmaceutical company offered a look at the emotions that many patients suffering from IPF feel once they receive their diagnosis.

Blood test may better diagnose tuberculosis patients

Oregon residents who have tuberculosis may now be diagnosed with a test known as the Khatri blood test. It was developed by researchers at Stanford University and is said to be 86 percent accurate in children. This greatly surpasses the 66 percent accuracy called for by the World Health Organization.


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