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August 2018 Archives

Dismissal of female pain leads to frequent misdiagnoses

When women arrive at emergency rooms in Oklahoma and report severe abdominal pain, they will wait an average of 65 minutes for treatment compared to 49 minutes for men. If the problem is a heart attack, doctors will misdiagnose the condition in women seven times more often than men will. Frequently, doctors decide that women have mental health problems instead of legitimate physical complaints.

Many radiology-related mistakes end in death, says Coverys

Researchers at Coverys, the provider of liability insurance to medical practitioners and health systems, have analyzed over 10,000 radiology-related medical malpractice claims filed between 2013 and 2017 and now closed. Their intention was to identify major risk factors and safety vulnerabilities. The results of their study should be of interest to Oklahoma residents.

Teen drivers are less safe after they receive their licenses

Oklahoma residents, especially teen drivers and their parents, might be interested in the results of a study conducted by the National Institutes for Health. Together with Virginia Tech University, researchers analyzed the behaviors of 90 teen drivers in Virginia from the time they obtained their learner's permits to their first year as licensed drivers. Using dashcam footage and software data, they found that licensed teen drivers are less safe.

Doctor errors may be more common in the afternoon

When people in Oklahoma are sick or injured, they should not have to worry about the quality of medical care they receive. However, studies show that, in many cases, health care outcomes can be worsened when people go to the hospital in the afternoon. There are a number of reasons for this phenomenon that can reflect the natural circadian rhythms of the body, but patients have a right to receive excellent care at any time of day. When they do not, the consequences can be devastating.

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