Two years ago, the National Academy of Medicine published a groundbreaking report indicating that not only will the majority of people receive an incorrect or delayed diagnosis at least once during their lifetime, but that roughly 12 million people -- or close to 5 percent of adults seeking outpatient care -- are misdiagnosed every year.
Even though hospitals have signs in strategic locations warning about the possibility of a patient taking a fall, this kind of accident happens on a daily basis. Patients may fall because they felt woozy getting out of bed or because the freshly mopped floor was slippery.
If you were to ask your longtime physician about their time as a resident, they would more than likely look back with some ambivalence, perhaps describing a 12-month period highlighted by significant learning, but also very long shifts and sleepless nights.
Keep track. Ask questions. And no sharing.
It is a huge relief to find out that there is a way to treat your condition or illness. Whether it is a short-term antibiotic or a long-term drug for a chronic illness, prescription medications have the power to cure you or make your life more bearable. You trust your health care providers to find the best treatment options out there, but what happens when they make a mistake with your medications? YOU pay the price. Maybe the ultimate price. It's up to you to be vigilant.
While the reality of having to undergo surgery is enough to make even the most stoic patient experience considerable unease, things can become that much more difficult when they are have to deal with a surgeon who is rude, dismissive or otherwise disrespectful. In fact, the experience might be so bad that it forces the patient or their family members to complain to hospital administration.
Maryland residents should be aware that fibromyalgia is a commonly misdiagnosed medical condition. Fibromyalgia is non-specific and widespread pain that is associated with overactive nerves. Since widespread pain and fatigue can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose accurately.
WAS THERE A KNOWN FALL RISK? WHAT CAUSED OR PRECEDED THE FALL?
REPUBLICANS HINTING AGAIN AT TORT REFORM
Many Maryland parents may empathize with an out-of-state mother's frustration when her then 8-month-old boy was ill. After numerous medical visits that failed to resolve her son's illness, she went to an emergency room where it was discovered that he had a penny lodged in his throat. Now, the woman claims the doctors who missed it are guilty of medical malpractice.
Every year, the ECRI Institute, the renowned Pennsylvania-based nonprofit committed to "promoting the highest standards of safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness in healthcare," releases a much-anticipated ranking of the top ten technological hazards in the healthcare sector.