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Birth injuries are serious matters that require attention

Medical malpractice encompasses a host of situations. One of these is birth injuries. Women who go into the hospital or a birth center expect to deliver healthy babies without having any issues. Unfortunately, there are times when things go wrong. These can put a mother and her baby in danger.

Tips for taking medication without incident

Those who take multiple medications are at an increased risk of being the victim of an adverse drug event. Therefore, it is important that those who are taking any type of medication know how to use it properly. For instance, it is not a good idea to chew a pill that is not supposed to be chewed or to cut a pill in half unless a doctor says it's acceptable to do so.

Phone use among nurses may increase rate of errors

Anyone who works in the medical field in New Jersey knows how important it is to stay focused on the job. A report published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that errors can become more frequent among nurses who are distracted by their phones. For their study, researchers analyzed the behavior of 257 nurses in pediatric intensive care units and how this affected 3,308 patients.

Misdiagnosis and medical errors still negatively impact patients

When seeking medical treatment for an illness, injury or condition in New Jersey, there is an expectation that the proper care will be provided. Unfortunately, medical errors are common. This can range from a misdiagnosis to a surgical error, medication mistakes and more. People can suffer a worsened condition, face different medical issues than what they initially sought treatment for or even lose their lives.

"Big three" conditions cause serious harm when misdiagnosed

Researchers from Johns Hopkins analyzed over 11,000 medical malpractice cases in the effort to determine what conditions are most often linked with medical errors and what conditions lead most often to death or disability. New Jersey residents should know that diagnostic errors are the number one medical error; every year, they are behind 40,000 to 80,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals.

Heart attack misdiagnosis: Common symptoms for women

A type of medical bias may be placing New Jersey women at risk of increased damage and death following a heart attack or stroke. Emergency medical personnel and researchers alike tend to focus on the classic symptomology, which turns out to be the most common symptoms experienced by men. According to the Daily Nurse, women more commonly present from a set of symptoms that medical practitioners associate with anxiety and other conditions.

Health care is one of the nation's leading killers

Preventable mistakes made by doctors and hospitals kill as many as 440,000 people each year in New Jersey and around the country, which makes health care the third most common cause of death in the United States. A recent report from the World Health Organization suggests that visiting a doctor or being admitted to a hospital is just as perilous in other countries. WHO researchers assessed the quality of the health care services available in 36 nations, and they concluded that about 40% of the patients treated in hospitals and as outpatients each year suffer harm at the hands of their doctors and nurses.

Alzheimer's misdiagnosis common among dementia patients

Alzheimer's disease has become nearly synonymous with dementia, but memory loss among older adults can arise for different reasons. Multiple forms of dementia exist, and a recent study explored the connection between traumatic brain injuries and memory disruption among the elderly. The researchers noted that the correct identification of the source of memory loss was crucial for providing appropriate care for memory patients in New Jersey and elsewhere. They estimated that roughly 21% of Alzheimer's patients had been misdiagnosed.

Risks patients may face outside of hospitals

According to a report published by the ECRI Institute, patients in New Jersey and elsewhere are more likely to seek medical interventions in ambulatory care facilities. However, there may be risks for those who choose to seek care in a doctor's office or outpatient center instead of at a hospital. One of those risks is diagnostic testing errors, which may make it harder for a patient to get treatment in a timely manner.

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