Patients in Oklahoma hospitals may be the victim of a health IT-related patient safety error. However, a majority of those errors are not being addressed according to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management. The study looked at 1.7 million safety events overall to find those that were related to health IT. Researchers then sorted the health IT events into four groups based on how the problems were resolved.
In Oklahoma and elsewhere, healthcare workers who treat infectious patients may commit errors in the removal of personal protective garments like gloves and gowns, resulting in their clothes and equipment being contaminated by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This is the conclusion of a study from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Coverys, an insurance carrier specializing in medical professional liability policies, has stated that out of 1,800 closed claims against physicians from 2013 to 2017, 46 percent were related to a diagnosis. Oklahoma patients should know, then, that misdiagnosis is the single most common reason for malpractice claims. In 45 percent of those diagnosis-related cases, the patient died.
When parents in Oklahoma take their children to the doctor's office or the hospital for treatment, they may be very concerned about the potential for inaccurate or mistaken diagnoses and treatments. When medical mistakes and safety errors affect children, the results can be devastating and long-lasting. According to one study, over half of the safety errors that took place in pediatric treatment were related to the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and medication. The study examined 9,000 patient safety reports gathered at three hospitals over a five-year period.
Medical malpractice is a common cause of injury and even death in Oklahoma. Most people trust that doctors will do their best. However, mistakes sometimes occur. One woman went to the hospital to receive spinal fusion surgery on her back and later found out that a surgeon removed one of her kidneys.
Oklahoma residents should know that Lewy body dementia, or LBD, is a progressive brain disorder that affects 1.4 million people in the United States. It is a condition in which alpha-synuclein protein deposits accumulate in the parts of the brain that control movement, behavior and cognition. LBD is very underdiagnosed because its symptoms are very similar to well-known medical conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. In fact, many medical professionals, including physicians, have no familiarity with LBD.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists have developed a new way to detect subtle breast cancer lesions, according to a new study funded by the European Union. The findings could improve the prognosis of breast cancer patients in Oklahoma and worldwide.