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Six steps to fewer radiology errors

Radiologists in California and across the US are prone to making mistakes just as much as anyone else in the medical profession. Long shifts and excessive workloads can lead to negative emotional states and burnout. Cognitive biases, whereby radiologists only report on what they were trained to look for, can lead to missed conditions. False-positive readings, on the other hand, can be involved in some 30% of diagnoses with MRIs and CT scans.

Rheumatologists must watch out for vasculitis mimics

There are several syndromes that mimic vasculitis, aka inflammation of the blood vessels. That's why rheumatologists should maintain a high degree of suspicion when diagnosing California patients with the condition. This was the advice given by the presenter for the 12th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference.

Solid doctor-patient relationships may minimize malpractice suits

Physicians in California looking to reduce or prevent medical liability claims may be able to do so by fostering strong relationships with patients. This advice is based on research involving communication differences between surgeons and doctors with malpractice histories and those without such backgrounds.

Medical malpractice claims related to misdiagnosis

In California and across the United States, medical malpractice can result in permanent disabilities or even death. Many medical malpractice cases are caused by errors, especially misdiagnoses. Physicians often make mistakes when diagnosing significant illnesses. A recently published study conducted by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine sheds some light on the issue. The report involved at least 50 organizations related to health care. An evaluation showed that misdiagnosis caused many patients to spend a lot of money on unnecessary medical bills.

Delayed diagnosis tops allegation list in medical claims

People who work in emergency rooms and hospitals in California may be interested in a new report that gives insight into lawsuits filed against medical providers. The report found that more than 50% of allegations in civil claims filed against hospitals were due to a failure to make a prompt diagnosis. The report came from Coverys, a Boston-based provider of insurance.

New study: surgeons' unprofessional behavior can harm patients

A study published in JAMA Surgery shows that those who undergo surgery are more liable to develop post-operative complications if the surgeons display unprofessional behavior. Seven million surgical procedures are performed every year in California and across the U.S., and unprofessional behavior is estimated to impact the lives of at least 500,000 patients annually.

Proving causation: an obstacle to many malpractice claims

Medical malpractice refers to the failure of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional to act according to a reasonable standard of care. If this leads to a patient being injured, then the patient may have good grounds for a claim. California residents should know that this second step, the step of proving causation, is not always easy.

Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's might have something else

Many older adults in California suffering from memory loss receive an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. According to new research about the causes of dementia, many of them might have a different form of dementia. Many types of neurodegenerative diseases fall under the label of dementia, and the symptoms of limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy typically resemble Alzheimer's. Also referred to as LATE, the brain disease results from misshapen deposits of the protein TDP-43 whereas Alzheimer's arises from buildups of beta-amyloid protein on brain tissue.

Improving the time out may prevent wrong-site surgery

Anywhere from 20 to 40 wrong-site surgeries are performed every week across the country. California residents should know that wrong-site surgery is often preventable, especially during the time out that precedes surgery. For this and other reasons, the AORN has striven to raise awareness of the importance of time outs through its National Time Out Day, which reached its 15th anniversary in 2019.

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