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August 2015 Archives

New study looks at how to diagnose MELAS

Individuals in New York who have a disease called MELAS might be interested to learn that the Chinese Medical Journal has published a study that looks at the current methods of diagnosing the disease. MELAS is a mitochondrial disease, which tends to be rare, but among mitochondrial diseases, it is one of the more common ones. Because symptoms can vary from person to person, it is also frequently misdiagnosed. The prognosis for a patient with MELAS improves with an early diagnosis.

Seeking Compensation for a Failed Diagnosis

The human body is complex and medicine does not have all the answers yet. Diseases can throw up confusing symptoms and a myriad of tests have to be carried out before your doctor makes an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Sometimes the test results prove to be inconclusive and your doctor may be compelled to treat you on the basis of your symptoms.

Proving Negligence During an Emergency

Emergency medical situations are chaotic, and you know that even if you have never watched any episode of ER or Grey's Anatomy (though you may have fallen asleep watching the latter show). The medical personnel-doctors and nurses-have to race against time to treat a patient. They don't have the luxury of time to order a full suite of diagnostic tests to determine the nature of the patient's problem, so they have to rely on their hunches sometimes.

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Dangers associated with electronic fetal monitoring

One of the most common medical practices used during childbirth, electronic fetal monitoring, may actually pose risks to both mothers and their babies. Health care professionals in New York and around the country may view EFM as a method of avoiding serious risks and complications during labor and delivery. Additionally, records of monitoring are often used to avert medical malpractice possibilities.

Hospitals implement strategies to reduce malpractice lawsuits

New York residents may be surprised to learn that 12,000 people died in 2014 while undergoing unnecessary surgical procedures and a further 7,000 deaths were caused by medication errors. Medical mistakes and hospital negligence lead to approximately 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits being filed every year. Some hospitals are adding extra layers of oversight and implementing stricter safety protocols to both protect patients and avoid lawsuits.

The future of recorded surgical procedures

Although negative outcomes can be among the risks one faces during surgery, most patients expect to survive their procedures without serious or fatal results. Still, some patients may worry about these risks as they prepare. New York legislators have proposed a bill requiring the presence of cameras in operating rooms based on the case of a 19-year-old woman who experienced both respiratory and cardiac arrest after anesthesia errors occurred. A similar bill has been proposed in Wisconsin because of an anesthesia error that led to the death of a 38-year-old woman.

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