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September 2015 Archives

Reducing surgeon error through education

When people in New York seek medical attention, they are relying on the expertise of their physician to evaluate, diagnose and treat their illnesses properly. Unfortunately, when a doctor makes mistakes, the effects can be devastating. This may be particularly true for surgeons, who often treat patients who are at their most vulnerable. A careless surgeon can easily commit a fatal surgical error or cause serious injury and organ damage.

Misdiagnosis occuring too frequently

New York residents may have some concern about the the alarming rate of medical misdiagnoses that have been occurring around the country. A recent report identified diagnostic errors as a blind spot in U.S. medicine that has been life-altering for a countless number of people. Researchers claim that, on average, everyone experiences at least a delayed or incorrect diagnosis during their lifetime. According to the Institute of Medicine, improvement is absolutely necessary, since diagnostic errors have gone unnoticed for far too long.

Cancer patients do better with good information

New York residents may be surprised to learn how common medical misdiagnoses can be. In 2014, a study found that about 28 percent of information given to patients is incorrect. With certain types of cancers, those numbers skyrocket. A 2013 study found that as many as 75 percent of results for mammograms and more than 70 percent of lung cancer scans were incorrect in some way.

Pharmacist workload may lead to medication errors

As New York residents may know, pharmacists fill many prescriptions daily as well as performing other duties such as talking to individuals to instruct them on their medications. A recent study shows that pharmacists who fill too many prescriptions in a day have a greater risk of making mistakes. Pharmacists from two Texas hospitals authored the study that appeared in a pharmacy magazine, and included medication orders for over 1.9 million patients that were filled by 50 pharmacists. The study was over a period of one year and showed 92 prescription errors during the time the orders were verified. Out of every 100,000 verified orders, slightly less than five errors were found.

Catch prostate cancer early with annual screenings

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and men in New York and around the country are being encouraged to undergo prostate cancer screenings. Screenings are particularly important for men between the ages of 40 and 75.

Specific procedures apply to pneumonia diagnoses

New York residents can contract pneumonia from a variety of sources, and the disease has the potential to worsen quickly if left alone. Self-diagnosis of pneumonia is difficult, however, due to the resemblance of early symptoms to those of the flu and the common cold. A visit to a doctor to determine whether a patient has pneumonia could be essential to one's continued health.

Study on sleep-deprived surgeons

Most people who are going in for surgery in New York have no idea how much sleep their surgeon got the night before the procedure. Patients who find out that their surgeon was sleep-deprived may be more nervous about letting them perform the operation. However, researchers from the University of Toronto say that sleep deprivation may not actually affect surgeons' ability to perform successful operations, and surgery-related problems occur at roughly the same rate whether or not a doctor has slept the night before.

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