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Link between interruptions and errors by skilled workers

Workers who are experienced at their jobs are highly valued. However, according to a study by psychology researchers from Michigan State University, highly trained workers in New York and elsewhere who work in certain fields can be at risk for making errors when they are interrupted.

Workers with more experience tend to perform procedural tasks at a faster rate than their less-experienced counterparts. Their actions are more closely spaced, and when they are interrupted, they can become confused when they try to recall where they stopped in their task.

Nurse may have exposed patients after reusing syringes

New York patients may be dismayed to hear that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that a nurse may have infected two people with viruses after reusing syringes. It was believed that, as a result, two patients were exposed to the hepatitis C virus and two other patients were exposed to the hepatitis B virus.

The incidents occurred in a Texas hospital in 2015 after a nurse was seen leaving a syringe that was still partially filled out near a work computer. The nurse stated that she had been reusing the syringes to flush multiple patients' IV lines. She said that she was doing this as a cost-saving measure and that she believed it was safe as no fluids were being drawn into the syringes. She stated that she had been reusing syringes for six months.

Misdiagnosing colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the fifth most common reason for malpractice lawsuits, with many plaintiffs claiming that there was a failure by their health care professional to detect the condition early enough. Patients in New York should know that colorectal cancer produces symptoms that can be mistaken for other medical conditions, such as hemorrhoids.

In many cases, in the disease's earliest stages in which it is considered to be most curable, patients may not exhibit any of the symptoms of colon cancer. This can result in a delayed diagnosis, which can reduce the chances of a patient receiving effective treatment.

Proper detection of sepsis

Sepsis is a life-threatening disease that could afflict any New York resident. It requires early detection and prompt treatment, but there are many challenges associated with being able to provide rapid care to sepsis patients. It is important that both patients and medical professionals are able to differentiate sepsis from other common diseases so it is quickly and accurately treated.

Even minor infections can lead to sepsis, which is the body's overwhelming response to an infection that could actually lead to death. This condition is especially hard to diagnose because its symptoms mirror those of many less serious diseases. Common symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, rapid heartbeat and vomiting. There is no definitive blood or bacterial test for sepsis, but a patient may help a doctor make a correct diagnosis by thoroughly explaining any changes that may be happening. Patients and their families are often more observant about any new developments that are occurring than the physicians, so they can be crucial in detecting sepsis early on.

3 things women can do to avoid medical errors

As a patient who needs to undergo a surgery, you know that there is always a risk of something going wrong. While some complications are not the fault of a doctor or staff, the fact is that others are a direct result of human error. Surgical errors leave patients in pain, and they can even result in death. Sometimes patients need second surgeries to correct errors, too. What can you do to help prevent this from happening to you? Here are three tips.

FDA warning for TVAM

New York patients who have certain disorders of the nervous system should know that the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to avoid an experimental procedure that has been advertised as a treatment. The procedure entails using a tiny balloon to widen and improve the flow of blood in narrowed veins. It has been touted as a treatment for conditions like Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.

According to the FDA, there is no evidence that the procedure, transvascular autonomic modulation, is effective or safe. The method is similar to balloon angioplasty, which is typically used to unclog heart arteries. However, the FDA states in its warning that balloon angioplasty devices have not been approved for use in veins.

The symptoms of endometriosis

New York women may be interested in learning that endometriosis afflicts about 1 out of 10 females. Although this disorder is relatively common, there are many women who are unaware of the symptoms. According to a registered nurse and CEO of HealthyWomen, part of the problem is that some individuals may attribute the pain caused by endometriosis to the normal discomfort caused by menstruation.

Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine tissue begins to grow elsewhere in the body. It can lead to pelvic discomfort, pain during sex and painful urination. If the condition is not treated, it could lead to infertility issues and pelvic inflammatory disease. Even though many women know others who suffer from endometriosis, it was estimated that only about 29 percent were able to identify its symptoms.

Diagnosing a congenital heart defect

Some children in New York have congenital heart defects, although minor defects may not be diagnosed in young children. More serious ones might be detected either before birth or shortly after birth. Signs of a heart defect include delayed growth, rapid breathing or a bluish tint to fingernails, lips or skin.

There are also a number of tests that can diagnose a congenital heart defect. An echocardiography uses sound waves to diagnose a defect and can be done during pregnancy at 18 to 22 weeks. An echo can also help track the progress of a heart defect over time. An EKG uses sound waves to detect if a heart is beating irregularly or has an enlarged chamber. A chest X-ray shows a medical professional what the heart looks like and whether it is enlarged or if there is fluid in the lungs.

Study discovers pathways behind diabetic kidney disease

Researchers have discovered the biological pathways involved in the development of diabetic kidney disease, according to a study. The findings, which were published in the journal Diabetes, could lead to early diagnostic tests and better treatments for diabetic patients living in New York and nationwide.

Diabetes is a top cause of kidney disease, a potentially fatal complication that is difficult to diagnose in its earliest stages. According to the National Kidney Foundation, approximately 30 percent of patients with type 1, or juvenile onset, diabetes will develop kidney failure at some point. Around 10 to 40 percent of those with type 2, or adult onset, diabetes develop the condition. Patients with diabetic kidney failure are treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation.

4 reasons your doctor doesn't listen

You're obsessing over your health issues, even before you go to the doctor. You never thought much about these things when you were younger, but now you're in your 50s and you know how important it is to pay attention to your health.

Then you get to the doctor, and you start talking about these things that have been consuming your attention. You want the doctor to know everything, make the right diagnosis, and give you the best possible treatment. After 17 seconds, though, your doctor cuts you off and won't listen.

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