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Reducing wrong-patient errors

Medical errors that result from misidentified patients plague the health care system in New Jersey and throughout the country. In an effort to improve the identification and tracking of patients, the Air Force Medical Service has chosen to use a two-point identification process. Air Force medical personnel will now ask for a patient's full name and date of birth at multiple stages of care giving.

Unnecessary testing commonplace for breast cancer patients

New Jersey patients who have been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer should monitor their health, but the American Society of Clinical Oncology warns that many people without symptoms undergo tests with no proven benefit. Surveillance guidelines developed by the ASCO do not recommend advanced imaging or tumor-marker tests. for this patient population.

Understanding who may be at risk for stroke

New Jersey residents could have a stroke at any age. Each year, nearly 800,000 people experience one, and of those, more than 130,000 will die. While a stroke is not necessarily fatal, it can bring about short and long-term health issues. There are many risk factors may increase the possibility of having a stroke such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Difficulties for multiple sclerosis patients

According to a survey conducted in early 2017, sufferers of multiple sclerosis in New Jersey and the rest of the nation are often misdiagnosed and receive inadequate treatment. The survey, which received responses from approximately 5,300 patients, also determined that pain and fatigue are the two symptoms that significantly affect the quality of their lives.

Judge rules against federal government

New Jersey residents may have heard about a court decision that ordered the federal government to pay $41.6 for a botched forceps delivery. The clinic was federally-funded, and the baby had brain damage as a result of negligent forceps use by a obstetrician employed there. A Pennsylvania judge was able to reach this verdict because of a medical malpractice waiver in the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Medication errors might be underreported

New Jersey patients may be interested to learn that, according to a report, medication errors are being significantly underreported by anesthesia providers in certain health care institutions. It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of the errors that are not reported cause at least temporary if not permanent harm.

Medical malpractice and the tragic sounds of silence

Researchers at Johns Hopkins estimate that medical mistakes kill 251,000 Americans annually, ranking as the third leading cause of death in the country. Many who suffer injury or death are not only victims of malpractice, but also of hospitals’ standard operating procedures.

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