Medical malpractice is all too common with everything from surgical errors to diagnostic and medication errors being committed in Kentucky and across the U.S. When malpractice, or the failure of a doctor to live up to accepted standards of conduct, leads to an injury, it may form the basis for a claim. Yet linking malpractice with some injuries can be difficult.
A new study has found that health care organizations in Kentucky and elsewhere are failing to resolve most patient safety events involving information technology. The study, which was published in the Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, was conducted by researchers from MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors in Health and the Georgetown School of Medicine.
When it comes to treating mental illness, diagnostic accuracy is important. When people in Kentucky receive medications for the wrong illness, the results can be harmful, especially when the treatments have serious side effects. While those side effects may be worthwhile to treat a severe mental illness, they can be completely unacceptable when rendered without benefit to the patient. According to one study, at least half of the people diagnosed with schizophrenia at one clinic were misdiagnosed and instead suffered from anxiety. The treatment protocols for both disorders vary significantly, and a treatment for one disorder is likely to be ineffective for the other.
When people take their children to the doctor or the hospital in Kentucky, they may be worried about their kids' health or even the treatment they will receive. Most parents do not pay much attention to how their children's medical records are kept. However, some of the complications associated with electronic health records, or EHRs, can lead to significant problems and dangers for pediatric patients in particular. Many physicians and other medical staff are relatively new to the use of EHRs, and the software can be clunky and inefficient. As a result, doctors often complain that their own effectiveness is driven down by some of the complications of the software.
Residents of Kentucky should know that many people are mistakenly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition marked by chronic pain and fatigue. Furthermore, investigators at a university clinic have found a discrepancy between the clinical diagnosis and criteria-based diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The results were published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.
Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is not a condition limited to the elderly. In fact, there are an increasing number of patients under the age of 50 who are being found with stage 3 or 4 colon cancer. However, Kentucky should note that this may be the result of misdiagnoses at the initial appointment with a doctor.
Electronic health records are tied to numerous cases of medication errors, especially in the field of pediatric medicine. This is the conclusion of a study recently published in Health Affairs. Kentucky readers may be interested to learn that researchers analyzed 9,000 patient safety reports filed with three health care institutions from 2012 to 2017, and they found that more than half of the errors recorded involved both EHR and medication errors.
When people in Kentucky go to the hospital, they hope that their surgeon is having a good day. According to a Columbia University study, surgeons going through life stresses are much more likely to make surgical errors in the operating room. This not only applied to significant life problems; the results also held up when the source of stress was trivial and passing. Indeed, the researchers said that negative thoughts and loud voices in the operating room may be sufficient to trigger a notable level of stress, thus raising the risk of serious medical errors.
A new type of screening test may soon be available for patients in Kentucky with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The medical company named Veracyte has announced it intends to expand its program for early access to the Envisia Genomic Classifier Test. This test can distinguish a diagnosis of IPF from other types of lung disorders by comparing genetic information from patient samples. It could provide a way for doctors to diagnose IPF without performing an invasive surgery.
When it comes to the optic health of Kentucky residents, proper diagnosis of optic neuritis is a major issue. Optic neuritis, which is the inflammation of the optic nerve, can lead to pain and temporary vision loss in one or both eyes. But while optic neuritis remains a serious health issue, a new study suggests that over half of those diagnosed with the condition may have been misdiagnosed.