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Information regarding misdiagnoses

Misdiagnosis of disease is a major problem for the Arizona medical community, and it is one that continues to be serious. A misdiagnosis is generally considered a medical diagnosis that subsequent testing or findings have conclusively determined was in error, missed or delayed. Misdiagnosis may lead to death, and is often a contributing factor in medical malpractice suits.

Doctors may misdiagnose young patients exhibiting stroke symptoms

Arizona patients who are under 50 may be surprised to learn that they may be at risk for suffering a stroke. More importantly, however, they may also be surprised to learn that doctors and emergency room staff often fail to diagnose strokes in young patients, which could lead to temporary or permanent brain damage.

How do doctors diagnose cancer?

Patients in Arizona are usually diagnosed with cancer after a doctor takes a cell or tissue sample and looks at it under a microscope. The doctor may confirm that cancer is present by viewing the sample, or the diagnosis may be made after proteins, DNA and RNA in the sample are tested in a lab.

Causes and consequences of wrong-site surgery

Wrong-site surgical errors in Arizona medical facilities are preventable, and it is important for those who perform such surgeries to recognize the impact an error can make on both the patient and on those involved. While a patient may deal with life-changing challenges in extreme cases, a health care facility and the team involved in a wrong-site surgery could face such professional consequences in resulting medical malpractice actions. As providers have become more transparent in reporting such errors, numbers have climbed. However, professional organizations have contributed to developing strategies for preventing such errors from being committed.

Arizona patients might experience wrong-site surgery

Statistics indicate that medical errors occur at an alarming rate in the United States. Various studies reveal that up to 187,000 deaths and more than 6 million injuries occur annually because of medical errors. Surgical errors are the second-leading cause of these problems. Wrong-site surgery falls into this category.

Changes in reporting hospital errors worry patient advocates

Arizona individuals who are searching for information about hospital errors will no longer be able to access data on certain types of mistakes such as people who had foreign objects left inside them after surgery. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says its new system of tracking and reporting is more accurate and useful to consumers, but patient advocates say more information should be available so that people can make up their own minds.

Medical malpractice and misdiagnosed conditions

Individuals in Arizona who are considering filing a lawsuit related to medical malpractice and a misdiagnosis may be interested to learn that such misdiagnoses are not uncommon. In fact, there are about a dozen chronic and acute illnesses that are commonly misdiagnosed in the U.S.

New review says medication injuries and deaths could be reduced

Around 7,000 people die each year due to medication errors, according to the authors of a recent review of 63 studies. Many of these deaths are due to a breakdown in communication or misunderstandings between physicians, pharmacists and parents. The review found that many children are not getting their prescribed medications or are taking the wrong amount because of errors that could be reduced with greater cooperation between families and medical professionals. People in Phoenix, Arizona, could be at risk for medication injuries by taking the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage.

About 10 percent of doctors are alcoholics, drug addicts

According to government studies, about one out of 10 doctors is an alcoholic or drug addict, and Arizona-based doctors are likely no exception. One investigative correspondent brought this issue to light after finding several cases of doctors getting caught abusing alcohol and drugs. He reported that some of these doctors were drunk or stoned when they performed surgeries on patients, leaving the patients injured or even dead.

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