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Study finds that stress causes surgeons to make mistakes

According to a recent study conducted by Columbia University, surgeons experiencing stress cause mistakes while operating on patients. These errors hurt a hospital's reputation and good name. While monitoring a surgeon's heart via a technologically advanced tool, the study showed that short-term stress in the operating room causes the doctor to make critical errors. Critical remarks or loud noises trigger a surgeon's stress level. A higher stress level causes surgeons to make mistakes. Errors cause patients to bleed or suffer from torn tissues. A surgeon's stress also causes the patient to incur burns.

This study may cause the medical profession to develop a strategy for reducing surgeons' short-term stress. In the United States, medical mistakes are responsible for approximately 325,000 deaths per year. Most errors take place on operating tables. A change that helps surgeons make fewer mistakes may cause a lower occurrence of unnecessary deaths. In legal terms, medical malpractice refers to a patient's injury or death caused by a surgeon's mistakes.

Colon cancer misdiagnosis more common for younger patients

Stage 3 and 4 colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is being found more among patients under the age of 50, and some experts believe this is due to the frequency of clinical misdiagnoses. California residents should know that colon cancer does not affect the elderly only. Still, many doctors tend to diagnose colon cancer as hemorrhoids or inflammatory bowel syndrome because these conditions share symptoms like fatigue, weight loss and constipation.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance conducted a study involving 1,195 respondents. Those who were over the age of 50 were more likely to be diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 colon cancer whereas 71 percent of patients under 50 had stage 3 or 4 colon cancer. Many had to see two to four physicians before getting an accurate diagnosis. Sixty-three percent said they waited three to 12 months before they were even screened for the cancer.

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