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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.

Glioblastoma: a deadly brain cancer

For many people in California, glioblastoma is a particularly frightening diagnosis. It is the most deadly form of brain cancer, known for its aggressiveness. Each year, there are around 240,000 cases of brain or nervous system tumors found by doctors. Prominent individuals, including Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and Beau Biden have died from this cancer, as even excellent medical treatment often fails to significantly extend a patient's life.

One-third of medical staff cross-contaminate bacteria

Some healthcare workers in California and elsewhere could be incorrectly removing personal protective garments and accidentally contaminating their clothing and other items with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. A new study showing this was published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Approximately 30 percent of cellulitis cases misdiagnosed

A professor of dermatology speaking at Hospital Medicine 2019 revealed that cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, is being frequently misdiagnosed. More specifically, California residents should know that approximately 30 percent of presumed cases of cellulitis are misdiagnosed because hospitals do not have one single standard for diagnosing the condition. The condition is behind many cases of hospital admission and, what's more, of 30-day re-admissions.

Misdiagnoses and medical malpractice claims

While most California doctors are highly qualified, misdiagnoses do occur. Such mistakes could cause a patient to suffer from a worsened condition, unnecessary treatment or some other negative result. Receiving an inaccurate medical diagnosis may even warrant seeking legal remedy. In fact, according to two studies issued by malpractice insurers, a significant number of medical malpractice claims are recorded because of a misdiagnosis.

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.

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.

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