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June 2018 Archives

Self-advocacy can make a difference after surgical errors

When people in Florida enter the hospital for surgery, one of their greatest fears may be the potential for a serious surgical error occurring. Many people have heard news reports about patients that have suffered serious complications during surgery, and no one wants those stories to be about themselves. Since surgery involves cutting into, removing and altering parts of the body, it has a reputation as being the most precise of medical sciences. That precision is critical to ensuring that surgery is a success.

Identifying the ten most common birth injuries

Of the astronomically high number of births each year, the clear majority occur without incident. Although that can be comforting to hear, it’s important to know the risks. Birth injuries occur in 6-8 of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. each year. Although trained to identify risk, the repetition of so many routine deliveries can lead to a physician’s negligence. Some common causes of birth injuries include improper use of delivery instrumentation, misidentification of obstetrical risk factors or negligence.

Misdiagnosies might be more likely for women

Inaccurate and delayed diagnoses affect women more than men with regard to at least some specific diseases and medical conditions. With regard to heart disease, for example, women are 50 percent more likely to be incorrectly diagnosed initially, even if they have had a heart attack. Female patients are approximately 30 percent more likely than their male counterparts to have stroke symptoms misdiagnosed. Seventy-five percent of autoimmune disease cases are women, in Florida and across the U.S., and it takes five doctors, on average, before the correct diagnosis is reached.

Study highlights treatment for pancreatic cancer

There could be some additional hope for Pennsylvania residents diagnosed early on with pancreatic cancer, according to a study released in June 2018 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference. When patients with pancreatic cancer were given a four-drug combination known as folfirinox, they had significantly better results than patients receiving the traditional drug used for this treatment. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most notoriously difficult-to-treat cancers, especially as it is often discovered too late for surgery to be effective and after the malignancy has spread.

Rapping dermatologist sued for medical malpractice

When Florida residents undergo surgery, they expect their doctors to be honest and qualified. However, several patients accuse a Georgia dermatologist of lying about her qualifications, making inappropriate videos during surgeries, performing different procedures than they agreed to and otherwise botching their care.