Anyone who must undergo some manner of operation knows through their conversations with surgeons and their own research or personal experience that there is always some degree of risk involved. Indeed, postoperative complications can arise, infections can develop, and the underlying disease or condition can remain unchanged.
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?
Welcoming a new baby into your home should be one of the most exciting days of your life. Despite taking your vitamins, visiting your doctor and doing everything you can to prepare for childbirth, your body may determine that the baby wants to come early.
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