Patient advocates in Arizona might some day request that hospitals and surgery centers give people the option to record their surgeries with audiovisual equipment. Lawmakers in two other states have introduced bills promoting this idea in order to support patient safety and provide evidence in malpractice cases.
As more and more Arizona patients have robotic surgeries that are touted as being safer because they are minimally invasive, they may not be aware that there are risks involved with such reliance. A new study demonstrated that 144 people died during the 14-year period encompassing the period from 2000 to 2013 due to the use of robotics.
Arizona residents may be familiar with the lack of proper diagnosis for people struggling with Lyme disease. According to a recent study, two-thirds of 6,104 Lyme disease patients surveyed said that they waited longer than two years before they were given an accurate diagnosis, while nearly 50 percent stated that their Lyme test results were either denied or delayed by their doctors who affirmed there had been no sign of the disease in the immediate area. Only one-fifth of the respondents stated that they received an accurate diagnosis within half a year from the start of their symptoms.
There are a lot of variables that come into the picture when anyone goes to a doctor's office or hospital in Arizona. The medical staff is expected to listen to your symptoms, perform diagnostic exams, establish a treatment plan, and follow through with that treatment plan. During that entire course, there are several things that can go wrong.
According to a new research study, the guidelines currently used to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be leading to the misdiagnosis of certain patients in Arizona and around the world. The authors of the study, which was published in a British peer-reviewed medical journal in July, are calling for the guidelines to be modified to correct the issue.
Each year, many Arizona residents are hurt by prescription drug errors, and they are not alone. More than 7,000 people across the U.S. die each year due to prescription drug errors in hospitals alone, and more injuries occur at home.
Hospitals in Arizona and across the country have high standards for patient safety as public reporting and financial incentives for quality patient care help hospitals offer the best care to patients. However, there could be as many as 400,000 premature deaths annually because of mistakes at hospitals that could have been avoided. While hospitals do take many steps to avoid errors, patients can focus on their own safety to help ensure that everything goes correctly while one stays in a hospital.
Arizona patients may have justifiable concerns about medical errors occurring during surgeries. Although mistakes like operating on the wrong side of the body remain rare, a recently-published study found that insufficient communication among health care workers contributed to avoidable errors called "never events" by the medical community.
Arizona patients may know there are certain types of surgical errors that are seemingly avoidable but that unfortunately occur. These errors are referred to as "never events", because they are incidents that should not happen. In order to determine why these mistakes do occur, researchers with the Mayo Clinic identified 69 events that occurred over a five-year period to patients at its facility in order to determine why they happened.
Arizona parents may be interested in a recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology" that researched the causes of cerebral palsy. According to the study, up to 45 percent of cerebral palsy cases are caused by genetics. The review was based on earlier findings by the research group which determined that 14 percent of cerebral palsy cases are likely caused by genetic mutation. As gene sequencing techniques continue to evolve, that percentage is expected to grow.