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.
Patients in Kentucky may be worried about the growing number of deaths linked to medical errors across the country. While access to healthcare and financing are considered major political issues, the ongoing crisis of preventable yet deadly medical mistakes has received little public attention. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine reported that over 100,000 Americans lost their lives each year due to medical mistakes. While healthcare technology has improved in the intervening years, these statistics have not.
Some Kentucky residents might have heard that a doctor in Florida was sued after removing a kidney from a woman who went in for another type of surgery. The woman was supposed to have bones fused in her lower back.
Kentucky residents should be aware that a projected 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from Lewy body dementia, or LBD. LBD is a progressive and complex brain disorder in which abnormal deposits of the alpha-synuclein protein build up in the portions of the brain that control a person's movement, behavior and cognitive ability. Due to the similarity between its symptoms and diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, LBD is severely underdiagnosed. Many health care professionals, including physicians, have no familiarity with LBD.
Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis that affects about 40,000 men and women in the U.S. every year. This comes to about 1 in 60 people, most of them between the ages of 15 and 60. Kentucky residents may want to know more about it because the facial droopiness that results can be mistaken for a symptom of a stroke.
Women in Kentucky may mistake the early indications of ovarian cancer with less serious issues. According to a cancer expert, such errors can lower the chances that treatment will be successful.
Men in the state of Kentucky and across the United States who have prostate cancer may not have received the most reliable information regarding the state of their disease. Researchers have found that a common diagnostic tool for prostate cancer, the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography (PET) scan, may have a major pitfall. Researchers are urging medical professionals not to rely solely on the PSMA PET scan when staging prostate cancer.