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The increasing use of electronic health records

In Arizona and around the country, the use of electronic health records has become increasingly popular with doctors and other health care practitioners. They have also had an effect in the courtroom as well, as EHRs are often introduced to demonstrate negligence in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The failure to educate surgery patients

Patients in Arizona and around the country who are about to have a surgical procedure performed often fail to be properly informed about what to expect both during the operation as well as afterwards. Health care providers and medical professionals that do not properly educate patients run the risk of being negligent.

More about medical malpractice settlements

Arizona patients may benefit from learning more about a study that recently reviewed existing trends among medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers discovered that the majority of the settlements included various nondisclosure provisions, some which actually impose restrictions beyond the scope of improving health care for patients. The study involved reviewing settled malpractice cases from over 6,000 physicians. According to the researchers, there were nondisclosure clauses included in 90 percent of the final settlements.

Lack of communication by hospital staff hurts patients

Patients in Arizona hospitals are at a serious risk of injury when nurses and doctors have poor communication skills. Each year, 200,000 people are killed as a result of medical errors. Many people believe that these errors would be less likely to occur if hospital staff members were more willing to point out their colleagues' mistakes.

Risks of lung cancer screenings

Arizona residents may be interested in how some physicians have become more hesitant to screen smokers for lung cancer. A study published in 2011 revealed that spiral CT scans may have the ability to help lower the rate of lung cancer fatalities by 20 percent. As of February 2015, smokers aged 55 to 77 who averaged a pack a day for at least three decades may be qualified to receive an annual screening test for lung cancer, free of charge.

Problems with breast cancer misdiagnoses

Many women in Arizona undergo breast cancer biopsies every year. Some receive an incorrect diagnosis of cancer, while others suffer while the disease remains untreated. This particular problem is one of almost epic scope, as a recent study pointed out.

Younger doctors may not be experienced with measles

As many Arizona parents may know, measles are on the rise in several states including Arizona and California, and infection may result from exposure to travelers who were not vaccinated. Many younger physicians, according to a professor at the University of California in San Diego, have no experience with measles and may not recognize it.

FDA reports 40 patients given unsterilized saline

Arizona residents may be interested to know that at least 40 patients in seven states mistakenly received unsterilized, practice intravenous fluids while in the hospital instead of the sterile saline solution that is protocol, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Several patients became ill and one person may have died as a result, though doctors are not positive the unsterilized solution was to blame for the death.

Medical malpractice and outpatient surgical centers

Increasingly, more and more people in Arizona are scheduled for surgeries at outpatient surgery centers, facilities that have become increasingly popular over the last ten years. While most will be able to use such centers without issue, some may be seriously injured or die as a result of complications from surgery, infections and surgical errors occurring.

Hospitals can be held liable for surgical mistakes

Arizona patients who have ever heard credible stories, as reported by other authorities, detailing the story arcs of patients who discovered that a surgeon or doctor had left medical debris inside of them during a previous surgery, may be shocked and even frightened by such medical horror stories. However, it may interest them to know that many victims of these terrible medical errors have taken legal action in the form of a medical malpractice suit.

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