For patients in Florida, medication errors are among the most common yet dangerous medical mistakes committed by health care professionals. Incorrect prescriptions can lead to severe side effects or interactions with other medications, causing severe injuries or permanent harm. In some cases, these errors are at least partially caused by a lack of adequate information about a particular patient's medication history or current list of medicines. One group of researchers is advocating for more extensive training for technicians and assistants who work with doctors to gather patients' medical information.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that many schizophrenia patients are being misdiagnosed by non-specialty physicians; in reality, many of these patients suffer from anxiety. This should be of interest to some in Florida, especially those who suffer from anxiety because the two conditions share similar symptoms like auditory hallucinations.
For hospital staff who treat infectious patients, there are guidelines on the donning and doffing of personal protective garments like gowns and gloves. Healthcare workers in Florida should know about a new study that shows how the incautious removal and disposal of these garments can raise the risk for bacterial contamination. The study was conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Misdiagnosis is a major problem in Florida and other states across the country according to two new insurance industry studies. The studies find that misdiagnosis cases are the top source of all medical malpractice claims.
"Never event" is a term that is used to describe medical errors so shocking that they should never occur to Florida patients. It was originally coined to describe events like surgery on the wrong location, but has since been expanded to involve harmful medical events that are unambiguous, serious and typically preventable. In most cases, these are clearly identifiable mistakes that result in serious disabilities or even death. There are 29 different types of never events officially classified in seven categories.
Doctors in Florida, especially those who frequently prescribe painkillers and antibiotics, should know that medication errors are a common hazard. According to FDA estimates, 1.3 million people in the U.S. are injured every year as a result of medication errors. These mistakes can arise in the prescription, dispensing or administration stage, or they can be errors in the administration records.
Even brief periods of stress over trivial matters can have an effect on a Florida surgeon's performance in the operating room. The findings of a new Columbia University study show the negative effects that stress can have on doctors during surgery. Researchers found that when surgeons are under stress, they are much more likely to make mistakes.
When people in Florida notice that they have a tremor in their hands or that their gait has become unsteady, they may worry that they have Parkinson's disease. This is a progressive, chronic neurological disorder, and its symptoms are highly recognizable. However, there are an array of other disorders with symptoms that are similar to those of Parkinson's, and in order for patients to receive proper treatment that can minimize their symptoms, an accurate diagnosis is necessary.
Cancer is unfortunately a common cause of death in Florida. A correct diagnosis is crucial for cancer patients to have a good chance to benefit from treatment. However, a recent study found that brain tumors in children are often misdiagnosed.
Medical malpractice insurance rates for doctors in Florida and across the country have remained flat for nearly a decade. They continue to remain at that same flat level, despite the fact that the insurance sector has experienced losses for two years. Despite the fact that malpractice insurance rates have remained flat, patients continue to experience surgical errors, medical mistakes and other serious problems as a result of doctor or hospital negligence. There are a number of reasons why the insurance industry has not raised its rates despite significant payouts.