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Malpractice claims and the element of "causation"

When a medical patient is injured in New Jersey, the question arises as to whether the doctor was responsible. If the doctor did not follow the widely accepted standard for care in his or her field, then that may prove medical negligence, also known as medical malpractice. For a medical malpractice claim to work, though, a second element must be proven: that the negligence led to the injury. The two do not always go together.

Pediatric medication errors linked to electronic records

New Jersey parents may have many fears when they take their children to the hospital, but few are likely to consider their medical records as a major area of concern. However, issues with the software and usability of electronic health records (EHRs) can sometimes lead to severe issues that can compromise patient safety. According to researchers, these risks are particularly profound for pediatric patients. Medication errors can be dangerous, especially when children are involved. Dosages must often be adjusted to account for their smaller size and younger age.

Clinical- and criteria-based fibromyalgia diagnoses often differ

New Jersey patients who suffer from fibromyalgia often have to deal with widespread musculoskeletal pain. The fact that the disease is difficult to diagnose doesn't make the pain any easier. Now, a new study illustrates how often two diagnostic techniques are at odds with each other.

Surgical errors increase when doctors experience stress

Stress can negatively impact how well surgeons in New Jersey perform. Even minor stressors can have a deleterious impact on surgical performance and might lead to medical mistakes. It is important for surgeons to take steps to reduce their stress and for hospitals to make changes to operating rooms so that they have fewer situations that produce it.

Test may improve diagnosis of lung conditions

Misdiagnosis can be a serious concern for people in New Jersey with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. One company has announced that it is expanding an early access to a genetic test for the disorder, and it expects to make the test available across the country in 2019. By comparing genomic patterns from patients, the test allows physicians to differentiate between cases of IPF and other lung disorders.

Nurses favor capping work hours for surgeons more than surgeons

Transportation workers in New Jersey, like train operators and airplane pilots, routinely have restrictions placed on their work hours to promote safety. A poll that sought the views of surgeons and operating room nurses on work hour caps discovered a disparity between the two professions. Caps on operating room work hours received 87 percent approval from nurses and advanced-practice nurses compared to only 57 percent of surgeons.

Surgeon removes woman's kidney by mistake

New Jersey residents who are considering orthopedic surgery may be alarmed to learn about the case of a Florida woman who underwent such a procedure in 2016. The woman was scheduled to have some bones in her lower back fused to relieve pain caused by a serious car accident, but she later found that one of her kidneys had been removed during the operation. Records reveal that the surgeon who made the mistake was only supposed to expose the site of the surgery and was not tasked with performing the procedure.

Distinguishing LBD from other forms of dementia

Lewy body dementia is one form of dementia for which an early and accurate diagnosis is essential. LBD can progress more quickly than other forms, such as Parkinson's disease dementia, and those with LBD respond more poorly to certain medications for behavior and movement than those with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's. New Jersey residents may want to know how to distinguish LBD from other forms.

Additional consultations could reduce lung misdiagnoses

People in New Jersey who are trying to understand their ongoing problems with their lungs and the ability to breathe may face issues receiving a correct diagnosis. However, by adding assessments for routine rheumatology issues, such as blood tests, to the process of diagnosing interstitial lung disease (ILD), doctors could help improve accuracy and prevent misdiagnoses. In the process, they could also reduce the need for invasive, painful procedures like biopsies or bronchoscopies, which can also have significant side effects.

Preventable medication errors in hospitals

Some New Jersey residents are the victims of medication errors when they are patients in hospitals. There are several errors that are fairly common but also preventable. It is important for doctors, nurses and hospitals to take steps to prevent these medication mistakes from happening so that the patients will be protected.

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